Graveyard at Barra

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.

Graveyard at Barra

Graveyard at Barra (aka Barra Memory), 1946–7
Pen, ink and watercolour, 26 cm x 35.5 cm

This is one of a series of four drawings inspired by a visit that William and Sarah Roberts made to the Outer Hebrides. The trip was likely to have been planned with Sarah's friend Victoria Kingsley, a collector of international folk music, who had become interested in Hebridean songs and spent some time on Barra learning Gaelic.
PROVENANCE: Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 21 June 1995 (£3,450)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Leicester (3) 1949 (where titled Barra Memory), Southampton 1967, Worthing 1972
Cf. Crossing the Minch, Evening in Oban and Gateway to the Western Isles

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