Female Life Study, Head, Shoulder and Arm

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.

Female Life Study, Head, Shoulder and Arm

Female Life Study, Head, Shoulder and Arm, c.1929–30
Pencil, approx. 16 cm x 12 cm (on irregularly shaped paper)

This is one of a group of ten life studies made by William Roberts on the edge of a student's drawings in the life class at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Roberts started teaching there in the mid-1920s, and at the time of these drawings he was running the class jointly with his friend Bernard Meninsky. (The collection from which this comes also includes some life drawings by Meninsky and other supervising tutors.) These life drawings have not previously been catalogued or exhibited (July 2011)
PROVENANCE: Drawing done for a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, thence by descent > private collection, UK

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