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History of the Omnibus
Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.
History of the Omnibus, 1924
Painting, 610 cm x 213 cm
In his essay 'Dealers and Galleries', Roberts described the origin of this work as follows:
Muirhead Bone, who had written an introduction to the catalogue of the show [Roberts's 1923 one-man show at the Chenil Galleries], brought Frank Pick, head of the Underground, to see it. As a result of their visit I was asked to do a poster, to be put up at the entrance of the British Trade Fair [the British Empire Exhibition] at Wembley. It was to be in two sections, about thirty feet over-all in length, and some eight feet in height. [It was eventually 20 ft x 7 ft.] The poster was to illustrate the development of the bus, from the horse-drawn to the mechanical.
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Wembley 1924 (and 1925?)
REPRODUCED: Artwork 1, 3 (Feb.Apr. 1925), p. 188, where captioned 'Commissioned by the Underground Railway Company of London and placed at the entrance to the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, 1924'
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