Carpenters at Work

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. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.

Carpenters at Work

Carpenters at Work (aka The Carpenter's Shop) – study for wall mural at Bishop Creighton House, London, 1912
Pencil and ink on buff paper, 34.1 cm x 19.0 cm
(also described as 49.5 cm x 34.3 cm – Cork, Art Beyond the Gallery in Early 20th Century England)

'[Slade professor Henry] Tonks was anxious to encourage our interest in mural painting, and to this end had obtained permission to decorate the walls of a girls' club in Lillie Road, Fulham. About half a dozen students took part in the scheme. The compositions were done in egg tempera, on paper stretched on the walls. My contribution was a panel showing carpenters at work' (Roberts, Early Years, p. 14). The murals were already in need of some restoration in 1923, and when they were further damaged during the Blitz in 1940 it was decided to paint over them (John Sheppard, Bishop Creighton House 1908–2008: One Hundred Years of Work in the Community (London: Bishop Creighton House / Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, 2008), p. 36).
PROVENANCE: Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1980) > Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Liverpool 1914 (as The Carpenter's Shop), Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1) 1980

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