Towards Better Health

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Towards Better Health

Towards Better Health, c.1953
Pen, black ink, watercolour, gouache and pencil, 36.5 cm x 26.5 cm

Cover design for a catalogue for Ernest Cooper's London Health Centre Ltd. The catalogue – a copy of which is in the Wellcome Institute library, London, and contains no other illustrations by Roberts – was printed in 1953, and it is probable that this drawing was produced at around this date. Compared with the study, the final artwork places greater emphasis on the loading of healthy, fresh food, and the earlier free-flowing title has been replaced by block lettering that conforms more to the style of the lettering on other London Health Centre publications.
PROVENANCE: Ernest Cooper > Zwemmer Gallery > Sotheby's 3 Mar. 1999 (£5,980, inc. four signed drawings in pen and black ink, framed as one)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Worthing 1972 (it is likely that this was one of a group of '5 cover designs for publications for The London Health Centre' exhibited then), Milan 1973
Cf. Mother and Children Picnicking c.1948, Salads for All Seasons, 1948–53, Bakers at Work c.1953, Children Eating and Drinking c.1953

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