Discussion in a Café

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.

Discussion in a Cafˇ

Discussion in a Café, 1921 (signed, and inscribed with the title)
Pen, ink and watercolour, 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm

It was presumably this picture, priced at £30 in the catalogue of the Nov. 1923 Chenil Galleries exhibition, that Siegfried Sassoon was referring to when, on 26 Nov. 1923, he wrote to T. E. Lawrence, 'I was reminded of you at Roberts's exhibition – (I purchased a drawing of some ghastly ghouls "in a Café", for £30, out of sheer admiration for the efficiency of the workmanship.)'
PROVENANCE: Siegfried Sassoon? (v.s.) > ? > John Christopherson > Sotheby's 15 May 1985 (£19,000)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Chenil Galleries 1923, Tate Gallery 1965
Cf. Waiting in the Café c.1923, Gillian Jason Gallery 1992

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