Illustrations © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society.

The News

The News (aka Public Library), 1941

[Last revised 22 January 2020]

New exhibitions featuring William Roberts

The following works by Roberts are on show at various public galleries in the UK:
The Return of Ulysses 1913 and Professor Janko Lavrin 1919 are on show at the Castle Museum, Nottingham.
Shell Burst 1919 is on show as part of the exhibition 'Radical Drawing: Works from Coventry and the Courtauld' at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, until 19 January 2020.
The Diners 1919 is on show as part of the 'Media Networks: Modern Times' display at Tate Modern (level 4).
The Cinema 1920 is on show in the 'Walk through British Art' display at Tate Britain.

The Cinema, 1920

The Cinema, 1920

The Happy Family 1924 is on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth.
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple 1925 is on display at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
Bath-night 1929 and Some Recipes 1942–5 are on show at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery in a display looking at depictions of working-class culture.
Dressmakers c.1931 is on show at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.
John Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova 1932 is on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
The Family 1934 is on display at Leeds City Art Gallery.
The Palm Foretells 1937 is part of the exhibition 'Do You Believe in Magic?' at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery until 19 April 2010.
The Control Room, Civil Defence Headquarters 1942 is on show until the end of the year as part of the 'Royal Academy Takeover' exhibition at Ordsall Hall, Salford.
The Flower Arrangement 1944 is on show as part of the exhibition 'Cross Pollination' at The Atkinson, Southport, until 28 March 2020.
The Revolt in the Desert 1952 is on show at Southampton City Art Gallery until at least the end of 2019.
The Common Market 1963 is 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

At Christie's sales of Modern British art on 21–2 January, Roberts's watercolour The Wiring Party from 1918–19 sold for £395,250, the watercolour study for TV 1960 for £30,000 and the 1968 oil Gossips for £60,000:

The Wiring Party

The Wiring Party 1918–19

TV -- study

TV – study, 1960


Gossips, 1968

On 21 November Christie's sold Roberts's 1940 red-chalk portrait of his friend Harold Hutchison for £3,750 and the watercolour study for The Art Gallery 1973 for £16,250:

Harold Hutchison

Harold Hutchison 1940

The Art Gallery – study

The Art Gallery – study, 1940

At Sotheby's on 10 September the watercolour study for The Swimming Lesson (aka The Swimming Bath), c.1929 was sold for £27,500:

The Swimming Lesson -- study

The Swimming Lesson – study, c.1929

On 28 June Bigwood Fine Art Auctioneers, Stratford-upon-Avon, sold the 1978 painting Self Service for £10,483:

Self Service

Self Service, 1978

On 18 June Christie's sold a pencil, ink and red chalk study for Deposition from the Cross c.1926 for £32,500. In their evening sale on 17 June the oil painting Goal c.1968 was unsold (estimate £300,000–£500,000):

Deposition from the Cross -- study

Deposition from the Cross – study, c.1926


Goal, c.1968

On 12 June Bonhams sold the watercolour study for Spanish Rhythm 1946–9 for £10,062:

Spanish Rhythm -- study

Spanish Rhythm, 1946–9

On 9 April Christie's sold the 1963 water Making Beds for £30,000:

Making Beds

Making Beds, 1963

At Gorringe's, Lewes, on 12 March, a life drawing made when teaching at the Central School of Arts & Crafts sold for £750:

Female Life Study, Sitting, Three-quarter Front, Upper Body

Female Life Study, Sitting, Three-quarter Front, Upper Body, 1927–8

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