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The News

The News (aka Public Library), 1941

[Last revised 11 October 2021]

New exhibitions featuring William Roberts

The following works by Roberts will probably be on show when public galleries in the UK reopen:
The Diners 1919 will be on show as part of the 'Media Networks: Modern Times' display at Tate Modern (level 4).
The Cinema 1920 will be on show in the 'Walk through British Art' display at Tate Britain, and the studies for The Return of Ulysses 1913 and Two-step I 1915 will be on show as parts of the 'Spotlights' display on Vorticism until September 2021.

The Cinema, 1920

The Cinema, 1920

The Happy Family 1924 will be on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth.
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple 1925 will be on display at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
The Family 1934 will be on display at Leeds Art Gallery.
The Common Market 1963 will be on show at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.

The information above is believed to be accurate, but it would probably be worth checking with the galleries before making a special trip to any of them. Please click here for a list of other works by Roberts in public collections, which can usually be viewed by appointment.

WR at auction

Christie's sale of Modern British and Irish art on 21 October will contain two works by Roberts: Second Defence System – a study for The Wiring Party 1918–19 – (estimate £20,000–£30,000) and one of several studies for Going to Swim 1930 (estimate £10,000–£15,000):

Second Defence System

Second Defence System, 1918–19

Going to Swim -- study

Going to Swim – study, 1930

In the Bonhams sale of modern British and Irish art on 30 June, William Roberts's red-chalk Classical Scene c.1920 sold for £12,112, the gouache A London Family's First Visit to the Country 1920 sold for £21,500, a watercolour study for The Shoe-shop c.1954 sold for £16,500 and a 1973 pencil Self-portrait sold for £10,200:

Self-Classical Scene

Classical Scene, c.1920

A London Family's First Visit to the Country

A London Family's First Visit to the Country, 1920

The Shoe-shop -- study

The Shoe-shop – study, c.1954


Self-portrait, 1973

In Sotheby's sale of modern and post-war British art on 30 June, Roberts's 1972 oil The Soldier's Dream sold for £60,480:

The Soldier's Dream

The Soldier's Dream, 1972

On 25 May, in the Roseberys London sale of modern and contemporary British art Roberts's 1966 drawing The Dressing Room sold for £31,200:

The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room, 1966

In the Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers sale of the Sally Hunter and Ian Postgate Collection on 18 May an early red-chalk drawing by Roberts, Bacchanal, sold for c.19542,860:


Bacchanal, c.1908

In Sotheby's online 'Made in Britain' auction on 9–16 March, WR's portrait John Roberts with a Caterpillar sold for £37,800:

John with a Caterpillar

John Roberts with a Caterpillar, c.1930

On 18 November, Bonhams sold the drawing Women Playing with Cats c.1919 for £325,250 and the watercolour study for Munitions Factory 1940 for £200,250:

Women Playing with Cats

Women Playing with Cats, c.1919

Munitions Factory -- study

Munitions Factory – study, 1940

On 17 November, AAG Auctioneers, Amsterdam, sold the red-chalk Portrait Study of a Young Man c.1920 for €2,850:

Portrait Study of a Young Man

Portrait Study of a Young Man, c.1920

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