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.


Fanfare, c.1921
Magazine size octavo (approx. 22 cm x 14 cm)

Cover design for issue number 3 of Fanfare: A Musical Causerie, a short-lived arts periodical edited by Leigh Henry, seven issues of which were published between Oct. 1921 and Jan. 1922 and included fanfares composed by, among others, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Roussell and Satie, and literary contributions from Jean Cocteau, John Rodker and the like. E. McKnight Kauffer, Alan Odle, Randolph Schwabe and Ethelbert White were among the other cover designers. Goodwin & Tabb, the publisher, was based next door to Roberts's former home in Percy Street. The same drawing was used on the cover of Arthur Bliss's score Mêlée Fantasque, said to be 'in the Press' in an advertisement by Goodwin & Tabb on the back cover of The Tyro no. 2 (early 1922), but eventually not published until 1924, and then by J. Curwen & Sons.

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