Searching and Sweeping

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.

Searching and Sweeping

Searching and Sweeping, 1919
Pen, charcoal and watercolour, 61.0 cm x 48.3 cm

'"Fritz's" artillery was especially active at night, firing with a method known as "searching and sweeping", aiming first in a direct line, then so many degrees left and right, seeking to cut our supply routes, as it was under cover of darkness that our ammunition and food reached us' – Roberts, Memories of the War to End War 1914–18.
PROVENANCE: Siegfried Sassoon > George Sassoon > Phillips, Bath, 31 Oct. 1994 (£34,000)

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