The Vaulting Horse

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.

The Vaulting Horse

The Vaulting Horse, 1974 (dated)
Oil on canvas. 76.5 cm x 63.5 cm

'The Vaulting Horse painting was suggested from watching a number of Gendarmes at vaulting practice in the open air, one evening, on the quay, beside the Seine, close by Notre Dame; like true French gourmets, they stopped their leaping abruptly, when a police van arrived with their evening meal' – Roberts, Paintings and Drawings (1976).
PROVENANCE: Estate of John David Roberts (held in Tate store, 2014)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Royal Academy 1975
REPRODUCED: Roberts, Paintings and Drawings (1976), pl. 44, where dated 1975. (Cf. The Vigilantes 1974, ibid., pl. 43, where there is also a discrepancy between the date in the caption and the date on the painting.)

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