The Paddock

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.

The Paddock

The Paddock (aka Jockeys), 1928
Oil on canvas, 123.1 cm x 92.2 cm

PROVENANCE: Samuel Courtauld > Contemporary Art Society (1928) > Bradford Art Gallery (1935).
EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Artists' Association 1928 ('This is a most entertaining picture, combining the two strong points of the artist: his racy and slightly sardonic humour and his ingenuity as a composer in a convention of tubular forms. In general form the composition suggests a glazed pottery group – and indeed the picture might be described as a Toby jug subject in modern terms . . . We are not sure that artistically the picture does not fall a little between two stools – the decorative interest of colour distracting from the unity of the composition as a whole, but is is a genuine "slice of life" and we should very much like to hear stable opinion upon it' – The Times, 4 July 1928), Chicago 1928, Manchester 1930, Whitechapel Gallery 1931, Arthur Tooth & Sons 1932, Liverpool 1933, Tate Gallery (1) 1935, Tate Gallery 1946, Copenhagen 1956, Tate Gallery 1960, Portugal 1962, Tate Gallery 1965, Hayward Gallery 1991, Newcastle 2004, Chichester 2007

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