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 24 March 2017]

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 is on show at the Castle Museum, Nottingham.
The Diners 1919 is on show at in the Media Networks (sic) display on Level 4 at Tate Modern.
The Cinema 1920 is on show at Tate Britain.
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple 1925 is on display at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
The Dance Club 1923 and The Family 1934 are on display at Leeds City Art Gallery.
The Happy Family 1924 is on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth.
The Paddock 1928 is on show in the Fred Packard Gallery of British Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket, until April 2017.
Dressmakers c.1931 is on show at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.
Punting on the Cherwell 1939 is on show at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.
The Common Market 1963 is on show at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.
The Flower Arrangement 1944 is part of the exhibition 'Drawn from Life: People on Paper' (from the Arts Council Collection) at the F. E. McWilliam Studio, Banbridge, Co. Down, from 4 February to 2 April 2017; Leamington Spa Art Gallery from 8 July to 17 September 2017.

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 South Kensington on 23 March, Christopher Milford c.1944 sold for £21,250 and The Fountain 1967 sold for £137,000.

Christopher MIlford

Christopher Milford c.1944

The Fountain

The Fountain 1967

In Christie's online sale of Modern British Art on 2–13 December, the 1927 portrait drawing A. E. Coppard sold for £10,625.

A. E. Coppard

A. E. Coppard, 1927

In Christie's sale of Modern British and Irish Art on 23–4 November, the 1916 drawing The Leave Train sold for £377,000 and the oils The Swans 1972 and Life Class 1976 sold for £43,750 and £37,500 respectively.

The Leave Train

The Leave Train, 1916

The Swans

The Swans, 1972

Life Class

Life Class, 1976

In Sotheby's sale of Modern and Post-War British Art on 22–3 November the drawing The Harem c.1916 sold for £93,750, the watercolour Pollarding c.1944–6 for £21,250, and the 1964 oil The Bicycle Lesson for £68,750.

The Harem

The Harem, c.1916


Pollarding, 1944–6?

The Bicycle Lesson

The Bicycle Lesson, 1964

On 25 July Whyte's of Dublin sold Crabs c.1958 for €2,100:


Crabs, c.1958

At Christie's South Kensington on 14 July The Acrobats 1940–59 was sold for £7,500, The Bonfire 1966–7 (a study for Autumn 1966–7) also for £7,500, a study for The Swings 1967–8 for £8,750, and a study for Masks c.1932 for £20,000):

The Acrobats

The Acrobats, 1940–59

The Bonfire

The Bonfire, 1966–7

Masks -- study

The Masks – study, c.1932

The Swings -- study

The Swings – study, 1967–8

On 30 June Christie's sold Primrose Hill c.1930 for £818,500 – the second-highest price ever paid for a work by Roberts at auction:

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill, c.1930

On 20–21 June Christie's sold War Celebrations 1919 for £434,500 – a new auction record for a work on paper by Roberts – and a study for Bath-night 1929 for £74,500:

War Celebrations

War Celebrations, 1919


Bath-night – study, 1929

On 14 June Sotheby's sold British Military Cemetery 1918 for £33,750:

British Military Cemetery

British Military Cemetery, 1918

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