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.


Deirdre (aka Portrait of a Girl with Plaits), c.1931
Oil on canvas

Deirdre Knewstub (1922–2011) was the youngest daughter of John Knewstub of the Chenil Galleries, where in 1923 Roberts had his first one-man show. In 1920–23 Roberts painted her cousins Katie (‘Kit’) and Fred Knewstub, who were brought up by John Knewstub and his wife after their parents died in 1914–15, and c.1934 he painted her sister Helen.
EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Artists’ Association (3) 1931 (18 gns), Lefevre Gallery (1) and (2) 1935

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