The Artist at His Easel with a Painting of John and Sarah

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.

WR with a Painting of Sarah and John

The Artist at His Easel with a Painting of John and Sarah, c.1937–8
Pencil and red chalk, 27.3 cm x 16.5 cm

At the National Portrait Gallery in 1984 this was dated to c.1950–55, but as there is a fragment of an abandoned more highly worked version on the verso of the study for a work – Cricket – which is signed and dated 1938, it seems reasonable to suppose that it in fact a rather earlier work.
PROVENANCE: Estate of John David Roberts (held in Tate store, 2014)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: National Portrait Gallery 1984, Gillian Jason Gallery 1990

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