The Bus-stop – study for a poster

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.

The Bus-stop (1924)

The Bus-stop (aka The Buses) – study for a poster, 1924
(also dated as 1925)
Pencil, ink and watercolour, 26 cm x 75 cm

'[Roberts] robotises his humans and animates his 'buses. Nor does he scruple to turn the stairs round on one 'bus in order the better to provide the full loop of the tail of his design, which undulates with the seductive and well-controlled rhythm of a snake back and across the picture to the 'bus slurring away quickly out of the top right-hand corner' – 'The Whitworth Gallery: Recent Additions', Manchester Guardian, 17 Feb. 1928.
PROVENANCE: Sydney Schiff > Contemporary Art Society > Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (1927)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: New English Art Club 1924, Tate Gallery 1965, Museum of London 2003

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