Tropical Sea

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.

Tropical Sea

Tropical Sea, 1942–4 (dated c.1941 Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1) 1969)
Pencil and watercolour, 36.2 cm x 53.3 cm

PROVENANCE: William Roberts (1965) > Christie's 26 Oct. 1994 (£4,000)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Leicester Galleries 1945, Tate Gallery 1965, Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1) 1969
This is a version of Bathers I and Bathers II in which the right-hand figure has lost her bangle but has gained a darker (Polynesian?) skin colour – perhaps an allusion to Gauguin which is reflected in the new title. The image of the dangling fish was used in a similar way in The Birth of Venus 1954

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