A Reluctant Shepherd

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.
Images scanned from the Sedgwick copy of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom are used by courtesy of Mrs J. Sedgwick and are not to be further reproduced except by permission.

A Reluctant Shepherd

A Reluctant Shepherd, 1925 6
Pen and ink, 28 cm x 19.5 cm

Tailpiece drawing for Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: 'The shepherd lad held on steadily, driving his goats with shrill cries up our hill for the better pasture on the western side. We sent two Juheina down behind a ridge beyond sight of the enemy, and they ran from each side and caught him . . . Fauzan had great ado to make him quiet, and then questioned him about his Turkish masters. But all his thoughts were for the flock: his eyes followed them miserably while the tears made edged and crooked tracks down his dirty face' (ch. 34).
PROVENANCE: Bayard L. Kilgour Jr > Houghton Library, Harvard University (1966, MS Eng 1653, no. 51)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Leicester Galleries (1) 1927

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(Dated as 1931 on Tate website; also dated as 1928 in Roberts, Paintings and Drawings 1917 1958 and 1929 in Williams, William Roberts)

PROVENANCE: Sir Cyril Butler > Redfern Gallery > Tate Gallery (N05372, purchased 1942)

EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Artists' Association 1931, Redfern Gallery 1942, Tate Gallery (1) 1945, Tate Gallery 1965, Paris 1981

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