Robin Brook

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.

Robin Brook

Robin Brook, c.1946
Oil on canvas, 43 cm x 33.5 cm

Ralph Ellis 'Robin' Brook (1908–98) was a merchant banker and a member of various committees, especially in the health field. In 1937 he married Helen Knewstub (1907–97) – eldest daughter of John Knewstub, founder of the Chenil Galleries, and a friend of Sarah Roberts – who in 1963 founded the Brook Advisory Centres for family planning, and during the Second World War he served in the Special Operations Executive. He was knighted in 1974. This portrait was so disliked by both the Brooks that they cut back on the payment to WR.
PROVENANCE: Estate of John David Roberts (held in Tate store, 2014)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Royal Academy 1980, Reading 1983

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