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The News

The News (aka Public Library), 1941

[Last revised 13 March 2018]

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.
The Diners 1919 is on show at in the Media Networks (sic) display on Level 4 at Tate Modern.
At the Hippodrome 1920 and The Dance Club 1923 are on display in the exhibition 'Rhythm and Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain' at Two Temple Place, London, until 22 April 2018.
The Cinema 1920 and Skipping 1934–5 are on show at Tate Britain.
Aircraftman Shaw (Portrait of T. E. Lawrence) 1922 is on show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Portrait of Miss Jane Tupper-Carey c.1922 is on show as part of the 'Women in Art' display at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
Elsie (aka Portrait of a Young Woman) 1922–3 will be on show as part of the display '70 Years of Giving Art' at York Art Gallery from 4 May to 2 September.
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple 1925 is on display at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
The Happy Family 1924 is on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth.
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 (possibly with two of the studies for it) will be on show at Salford Museum and Art Gallery from 30 June 2018 to 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 watercolour study for The Kites 1965–6 will be on show at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, as part of the exhibition 'Childhood' from 8 May to 18 November.

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 20 March Sotheby's are selling a pencil study for The Choir 1962 (estimate £3,000–£5,000):

The Choir -- study

The Choir – study, 1962

On 21 March Christie's are selling Portrait of May Berry c.1933 (estimate £10,000–£15,000) and a 1968 self-portrait drawing (estimate £6,000–£8,000):

Portrait of May Berry

Portrait of May Berry, 1933


Self-portrait, 1968

On 29 November 2017 Woolley & Wallis, in Salisbury, sold a watercolour study for The Rape of the Sabine Women 1955 for £35,392:

The Rape of the Sabine Women

The Rape of the Sabine Women – study, 1955

On 22 November 2017 Bonhams sold the drawing Billingsgate 1913 for £162,500:


Billingsgate, 1913

On 27 June 2017 Christie's sold the drawing Sarah, the Artist's Wife 1927 and the watercolour Saloon Bar c.1944 for £7,500 and £106,250 respectively:

Sarah, the Artist's Wife

Sarah, the Artist's Wife, 1927

Saloon Bar

Saloon Bar, c.1944

On 26 June 2017 Christie's sold the drawing The Walking Delegates 1919 for £100,000:

The Walking Delegates

The Walking Delegates, 1919

On 14 June 2017 Bonhams sold the drawing Making the Bed c.1963 and the watercolour The Fountain 1967 for £6,000 and £32,500 respectively:

Making the Bed

Making the Bed, c.1963

The Fountain

The Fountain, 1967

On 12 June 2017 Sotheby's sold the oil The Tea Garden 1928 for £848,750:

The Tea Garden

The Tea Garden, 1928

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