Children Eating and Drinking

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.

Children Eating and Drinking

Children Eating and Drinking, c.1953
Pen, ink and watercolour, 14.6 cm x 13.3 cm

Artwork used on the front cover of the expanded and revised edition of the booklet A Simple Guide to Healthy Food published by Ernest Cooper's London Health Centre Ltd in 1953 (with Basket of Fruit with Bottles c.1953 on the back cover). It is likely that this drawing was produced at around this date. The booklet was the first in a series of four LHC recipe booklets and was first published in 1945. This drawing was also used as an illustration in the London Health Centre's 1954 calendar.
PROVENANCE: Ernest Cooper> Sotheby's 3 Mar. 1999 (lot 120, with 12 other drawings, £10,925) > Abbott & Holder > private collection
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Worthing 1972, Abbott & Holder 1999 (where dated c.1945); the printed booklet A Simple Guide to Healthy Food was included in Leeds/Ben Uri Gallery 2003
Cf. Mother and Children Picnicking c.1948, Salads for All Seasons, 1948 53, Bakers at Work c.1953

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