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WILLIAM ROBERTS:

The Stockbroker's Clerk



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 Stockbroker's Clerk

The Stockbroker's Clerk (aka The Usurer), 1920
Oil on canvas, 77.5 cm x 63.5 cm

'A portrait of one of the artist's brothers [Joseph Roberts?], who worked in a stockbroker's office and died young' – Tate Gallery 1965 catalogue. 'The Stockbroker's Clerk' is also the title of one of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, in which someone takes up an ostensibly good job but is then kept hanging around doing little; 'The Usurer' may refer to some financial transaction between the brothers.
PROVENANCE: Hugh Blaker > Leicester Galleries > E. Brown and Phillips (?) > British Council (March 1948)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Goupil Gallery 1920, Chenil Gallery 1923, Whitechapel Gallery 1928, Manchester 1929, Brighton 1929, New Zealand and Australia 1934, Tate Gallery (2) 1935, Leicester Galleries (1) 1948, British Council 1957 (as Self-portrait), British Council 1963, Tate Gallery 1965, British Council 1992




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