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WILLIAM ROBERTS:

The Rhine Boat



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.


The Rhine Boat

The Rhine Boat, 1927–8
Oil on canvas, 50 cm x 40 cm

According to the Tate Gallery 1965 catalogue, this picture was 'inspired by a visit to Germany'– see The Prodigal Sets Out 1927–8. Among WR's party on this visit was the writer H. E. Bates, whose 1932 story 'A German Idyll', based on this trip, opens on 'a white river steamer . . . travelling smoothly up the Rhine in the heat of an August afternoon', with the protagonist having a pair of binoculars thrust into his hand to view the Lorelei rock opposite.
PROVENANCE: Miss Elizabeth Watt from London Artists' Association (31 gns) > Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (1961)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: London Artists' Association (1) 1929, Ottawa 1932, London Artists' Association (1) 1933, Northampton 1946, Tate Gallery 1965, Edinburgh 1989, Auckland 2012




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