The Connoisseur

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The Picture Dealer

The Connoisseur (aka The Picture Dealer), 1923 (signed and dated and inscribed 'The Picture Dealer')
Charcoal, 51 cm x 40 cm

'The artist says that it shows the Goupil Gallery (William Marchant & Co), with the Goupil’s bearded doorman in the background. [Roberts] is himself on the right, waiting anxiously for the collector to make up his mind' – Tate Gallery 1965 catalogue
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the artist by Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 11 Nov. 1987 (£8,000) > private collection, London
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Chenil Galleries 1923, Grosvenor House 1923, Edinburgh 1924, Tate Gallery 1945, Arts Council 1948, Tate Gallery 1965, Worthing 1972 (as The Picture Dealer)
REPRODUCED: Roberts, Paintings 1917–1958, p. 24, where dated 1921 despite a visible inscription of '1923'

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