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WILLIAM ROBERTS:

The London Group Gives a Reception



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The London Group Gives a Reception

The London Group Gives a Reception (aka A Reception at the London Group; inscribed 'London Group Gives a Reception'), 1948–9.
Watercolour, pencil and ink, 25 cm x 35 cm

The London Group was an English artists' exhibiting society founded in 1913. Founder members included David Bomberg, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, Christopher Nevinson and Edward Wadsworth. Its first exhibition was held in March–April 1914; Roberts exhibited three works in its second exhibition, in March 1915. During the First World War, Wyndham Lewis, Wadsworth and Epstein were among those who left the group, and when Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant joined, in 1917–19, the Bloomsbury Group became the most influential circle within it. Roberts continued exhibiting with the group until late 1949, though by then it had declined from its former importance.
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the artist by Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 23 May 1984 (£4,200) > ? > Christie's 13 Nov. 1987 > Christie's 9 Mar. 1990 (£8,500) > Anthea Craigmyle
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Leicester Galleries (3) 1949, Tate Gallery 1965, Southampton 1967, Worthing 1972, Gillian Jason Gallery 1990, Newcastle 2004




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