Guitar Lesson

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.

Guitar Lesson

Guitar Lesson, 1976
Watercolour and pencil, squared, 20.3 cm x 15.2 cm

WR tackled the subject of John Roberts teaching his mother, Sarah, the guitar on three separate occasions – cf. The Guitar Lesson c.1949 and The Guitar Lesson 1971. In a notebook of memoirs, John wrote of a teacher at his school, 'Dissatisfied with my work, he tossed my exercise book out of the window in a rage . . . I was puzzled; but forty years later, teaching my mother the guitar, I understood him well.'
PROVENANCE: Christie's 6 Nov. 1992 > ? > Christie's 27 Mar. 1997 (£1,552) > ? > Bonhams (Leeds) 12 Mar. 2002 (£1,850)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Albemarle Gallery 1989, Gillian Jason Gallery 1992

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