AN ENGLISH CUBIST
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.
Classical Scene, c.1920
Red chalk, 17.4 cm x 22 cm
The Cambridge 1985 catalogue described this 'Unidentified classical scene' as 'perhaps a study for a Return of Odysseus', though it is possibly more likely that it depicts a simplified version of the start of Book 3 of the Odyssey, when Odysseus' son, Telemachus, arrives at Pylus in search of information about his father, translated by William Cowper in the 1910 Everyman's Library edition as follows:
The sun, emerging from the lucid waves,
The Gillian Jason Gallery sold the picture as The Golden Calf, though the coastal setting and the boat seem to have nothing to do with the biblical story in Exodus 32.
PROVENANCE: Roberts family (1985) > Gillian Jason Gallery > Lord and Lady Neill > ? (by descent) > Bonhams 30 June 2021 (£12,112)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Cambridge 1985, Gillian Jason Gallery 1993 (as The Golden Calf)
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