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.


Religion, 1913–14
Watercolour, 75.6 cm x 55.9 cm

This was one of four works selected by Ezra Pound in London from the Doré Gallery Vorticist exhibition in 1915 for John Quinn, the American art collector, and transported to New York in 1916 and exhibited in the Vorticist exhibition at the Penguin Club in New York in 1917. It was purchased by John Quinn for £6 at the time of the exhibition, and became part of his collection. Quinn died in 1924, and his collection was sold in 1927 (Vivien Greene, 'Ezra Pound and John Quinn: The Penguin Club Exhibition 1917', in The Vorticists (London: Tate, 2011)). David Sylvester noted similarities between this work and Franz Marc's Landscape with Animals 1913 (New Statesman, 14 Dec. 1957). An exhibition of 'Modern German Art' held at the Twenty-One Gallery in London in February 1914 included work by Marc, and was later reviewed by Wyndham Lewis in Blast No. 1 (p. 136).
PROVENANCE: WR > John Quinn > American Art Association Inc. 11 Feb. 1927 ($20, with The Dancers 1913–14) > R. B. Muller
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Rebel Art Centre 1914, Doré Gallery 1915, New York 1917, Hayward Gallery 1974 (photograph of)
REPRODUCED: Blast No. 1 (illust. xiv, between pp. 96 and 97); Roberts, Some Early Abstract and Cubist Work, pl. 4

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