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The Art World
a selection of pictures
Illustrations © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society.
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The Connoisseur, 1923
Artist and Model, c.1930
Hanging a Masterpiece, 1934
A satire on commercial art galleries and the commission charged on sales.
No! No! Roger, Cézanne Did Not Use It, 1934
A satire on the Bloomsbury Group's reverence for Paul Cézanne.
He Knew Degas, 1938
Walter Sickert is reduced (in Roberts's eyes) to painting images from newspapers, cut out by his wife.
Rejected? No, Accepted!, c.1938
After the Royal Academy hanging committee has rejected a Wyndham Lewis portrait of T. S. Eliot and Augustus John has resigned from the RA in protest, John is imagined as painting a portrait of Lewis and submitting it to a hanging committee of Wyndham Lewises.
Artist and Wife, 1940
I'll Put a Tuck in 'Em, 1948
The title refers to a response made by Stanley Spencer to Wilfrid Evill's criticism of the large sagging breasts in one of Spencer's pictures.
La Nature Morte, 1948
The Critic Intervenes, c.1948
The Grand Chantrey Stakes study, 1949
A satire on the controversial role of the president of the Royal Academy, Sir Alfred Munnings a celebrated painter of horses in the administration of the Chantrey Bequest to buy works of art for the nation.
Art Gallery, 1956
Wyndham Lewis and Sir John Rothenstein, director of the Tate Gallery, look on as art critics visit an exhibition.
The Something Road Group, c.1956
The title is presumably a parody of artists' groups taking their name from specific locations, such as the Euston Road Group.
The Vorticists at the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel, Spring 1915, 19612
An 'imaginative evocation rather than an historically accurate record' of the launching of the Vorticist magazine Blast, which actually took place with a meal at the Dieudonné Restaurant in St James's in July 1914.
The Amateur and the Professional, 1970
The image is of Winston Churchill and Picasso.
The Avant-guard [sic], 1970
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