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The News

The News (aka Public Library), 1941

[Last revised 20 June 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.
A Shell Dump, France 1918–19 and The Dance Club 1921 are on display in the exhibition 'Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One' at Tate Britain until 23 September
The Cinema 1920 and Skipping 1934–5 are 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.
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 is on show as part of the display '70 Years of Giving Art' at York Art Gallery until 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.
• The watercolour study for The Palm Foretells 1937 is on on display at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery until July.
Punting on the Cherwell 1939 is on display at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, until 22 April.
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 is on show at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, as part of the exhibition 'Childhood' until 18 November.

Athletes Exercising in a Gymnasium 1920 is on show at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, as part of the exhibition 'Nude: Art from the Tate Collection' from 24 March to 24 June.
Trafalgar Square 1952 is on show at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, for the rest of 2018.

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 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

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

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