Spring Lambing

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Spring Lambing

Spring Lambing (aka Spring), 1956
Pen and ink, 18.9 cm x 13.3 cm

One of four designs commissioned by Ernest Cooper for a 'Four Seasons Callendare', as the Worthing 1972 catalogue called it – Spring Lambing (aka Spring), Sun-bathing (aka Summer), Huntsmen (aka Autumn) and Christmas Party (aka Winter). Cooper regularly used William Roberts's drawings on a 'healthy eating' theme for business calendars for his London Health Centre Ltd in the 1950s. The calendar's dates correspond to the year 1957, so it is likely that it was produced at the end of 1956. The set was 'repeated as a calendar by Sarah and John [Roberts] in the 80s' (Gillian Jason Gallery) and again by the William Roberts Society for 2002.
PROVENANCE: Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 3 Mar. 1999 (assumed to be part of lot 114, 'four signed drawings in pen and black ink, framed as one', which with the cover artwork for the LHC's Towards Better Health catalogue sold for £5,980) > Duncan Miller Fine Arts > Ruth Artmonsky > ? > Christie's 13 June 2002 (£3,760 for the four calendar drawings)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Worthing 1972, Artmonsky Arts 2001

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