Sarah (aka La Femme Tragique)

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.

Sarah, the Artist's Wife

Portrait of Sarah, the Artist's Wife (aka La Femme Tragique), c.1921
Oil on canvas, 76 cm x 51 cm

The picture borrows from Titian's Man with a Glove in the Louvre. This may be the portrait of Sarah 'in a suede turban' which, according to notes left by John David Roberts, was given to a surgeon at the London Hospital named Milne in payment for his operating on John (b. June 1919) when he was dropped and seriously injured at the age of 4.
PROVENANCE: Leicester Galleries > Hugh Blaker > Gillian Jason Gallery > Private collection > Phillips 2000 (estimate £25,000–£30,000) > Bonhams 26 June 2007 (£27,600)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Manchester 1929, Leicester Galleries (1) 1948

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