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WILLIAM ROBERTS:

Life Drawings



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.


Life Class

Life Class, 1973
Pencil and watercolour, 36 cm x 46.5 cm

From 1925 to 1960 Roberts taught a life class at the Central School of Art in London. During that time he made many life drawings, some of which he kept and some of which were kept by his students (the latter group including drawings made on the edge of students' own work). Most of these drawings are undated (and unsigned), and ifficult to date with any accuracy. Where dates are given below, these are based on the dates at which Roberts's students acquired them from his class.


'The drawings of the nude figure by Mr. William Roberts are interesting as showing that the tubular convention of this artist is not due to incapacity to draw the forms of nature.'

The Times, 26 November 1926

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Female life study, face, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, with hand on head, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, with hand raised, c.1929–30

Female life study, head, shoulder and arm, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, leaning. Pencil

Female life study, in profile on padded seat. Pencil

Female life study, reading a newspaper. Pencil

Female life study, sitting, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, sitting, 1946–7? Pencil

Female life study, sitting. Pencil and watercolour

Female life study, sitting. Pencil

Female life study, sitting. Pencil

Female life study, sitting. Pencil

Female life study, sitting. Pencil

Female life study, sitting on a chair, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, sitting on the floor, in profile. Pencil

Female life study, sitting on the floor, propped on arms, c.1926

Female life study, sitting, three-quarter rear view. Pencil

Female life study, standing, 1946–7. Pencil and yellow wash

Female life study, standing. Pencil

Female life study, standing. Pencil

Female life study, standing, pointing. Pencil

Female life study, standing, with wristwatch. Pencil

Female life study, upper body, c.1929–30. Pencil

Female life study, upper body, in profile, c.1929–30. Pencil

Life study, legs, c.1930. Pencil

Male life study, bearded, sitting, c.1929–30. Pencil

Male life study, black, sitting, with raised arm. Pencil

Male life study, black, sitting, front view. Pencil

Male life study, sitting, with crinkly hair. Pencil

Male life study, sitting, with interlaced fingers. Pencil

Male life study, sitting, with leg extended. Pencil

Male life study, sitting, with propped arm. Pencil

Male life study, standing, with flute. Pencil

Male life study, standing, with pole, c.1929–30. Pencil



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