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 5 February 2019]

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 'The First World War in Art' at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, until 3 March 2019.
The Diners 1919 is on show as part of the 'Media Networks: Modern Times' display at Tate Modern (level 4).
Her Baby c.1920 is on show as part of the exhibition 'Collecting and Giving: Highlights from the Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor bequest' at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 3 March 2019.

Her Baby

Her Baby, c.1920

The Cinema 1920 is on show in the 'Walk through British Art' display at Tate Britain.
Aircraftman Shaw (Portrait of T. E. Lawrence) 1922 is on show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
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.
A Gypsy Girl 1925–6 is on show at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, as part of the exhibition 'Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else' until 17 March 2019.
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.
Munitions Factory 1940 and The Control Room, Civil Defence Headquarters 1942 are on show at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until 24 February 2019 as part of the 'Royal Academy Takeover' exhibition.
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

On 15 January Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers sold the 1977 watercolour Gypsies for £5,200:


Gypsies, 1977

On 7 December, Mallams, Oxford, sold a pencil study for Chamber Music 1937 for £4,712:

Chamber Music -- study

Chamber Music – study, 1937

On 20 November Sotheby's sold the 1923 oil The Joke for £994,000:

The Joke

The Joke, 1923

Also on 20 November Christie's sold the 1970 watercolour The Dancing Bear for £20,000:

The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear, 1970

At Roseberys, West Norwood, on 26 September, a female and a male life study in a shared mount were unsold (estimate £600–£800):

Female and Male Life Studies in Shared Mount

Female and Male Life Studies in Shared Mount

At Christie's on 20 June the watercolour Jockeys Mounting c.1949 was sold for £56,250:

Jockeys Mounting

Jockey's Mounting c.1949

On 13 June Bonhams sold the drawing Dominoes c.1915 for £12,500 and the watercolour study for Demolition Squad 1941 for £125,00:


Dominoes, c.1915

Demolition Squad -- study

Demolition Squad – study, 1941

On 12–13 June Sotheby's sold the oil The Barber's Shop c.1946 for £406,000 and and the watercolour study for The War Baby 1946 for 15,000. The oil Day Out on the River 1978 was unsold (estimate £60,000–£80,000) :

The Barber's Shop

The Barber's Shop, c.1946

The War Baby -- study

The War Baby – study, 1946

Day Out on the River

Day Out on the River, 1978

On 21 March Christie's sold Portrait of May Berry c.1933 for £12,500 and a 1968 self-portrait drawing for £11,875:

Portrait of May Berry

Portrait of May Berry, 1933


Self-portrait, 1968

On 20 March Sotheby's sold a pencil study for The Choir c.1959 for £10,000:

The Choir -- study

The Choir – study, c.1959

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