Conversation Piece

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.

Conversation Piece

Conversation Piece, 1956
Pen and ink, 18 cm x 13.5 cm

Illustration for Roberts, Cometism and Vorticism (Vortex Pamphlet No. 2) – the conversationalists are Sir John Rothenstein, Michael Ayrton and Wyndham Lewis. The dialogue reads:

JOHN We must include some 'Other Vorticists' to give an indication of the effect of your 'Impact' upon your contemporaries.
MICHAEL They will look rather like a lot of sprats a whale has caught.
WYNDHAM Gentlemen, Vorticism, in fact, was what, I, personally, did, and said, at a certain period.

PROVENANCE: Estate of John David Roberts (held in Tate store, 2014)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Reading 1983, Gillian Jason Gallery 1990

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