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WILLIAM ROBERTS:

Parson's Pleasure



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.


Parson's Pleasure

Parson's Pleasure (aka On the Lawn), c.1944
Oil on canvas, 40.5 cm x 51 cm

Until 1991 Parson's Pleasure was a secluded area for male-only nude bathing on the River Cherwell in the south-east corner of the University Parks at Oxford; the area now forms part of the parks.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's 14 Nov. 1984 > Sotheby's 1987 (where mistitled The Ferry and dated 1940) > Sotheby's 20 Apr. 1991 (estimate £8,000 £12,000) > Samantha Frank
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Royal British Artists Society 1949 (priced £75), Royal Academy 1980, Newcastle 2004, Nottingham 2006, Chichester (2) 2016




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