Brass Balls

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below.

Brass Balls

Brass Balls (aka The Pawnshop, Outside the Pawnshop and Figures in the Shop), 1922
Oil on canvas, 101 cm x 76 cm

PROVENANCE: Lord Sieff of Brimpton (Israel M. Sieff) > ? > Tiroche Auctions, Israel, 27 June 2009 ($368,000) > Offer Waterman
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Chenil Galleries 1923 (‘grimly humorous and immensely animated … like a Cosimo Tura translated into modern life’ – P. G. Konody, The Observer, 18 Nov. 1923), Wembley 1924 (unconfirmed), Pittsburgh 1926, Southport 1928, London Artists’ Association (1) 1929, Mansard Gallery 1930, Venice 1930 (as Monte di Pietà), London Artists’ Association (various)

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