WILLIAM ROBERTS

 

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BLAST
VORTICIST DRAWINGS
COTERIE, AND NEW COTERIE, three magazine covers......

exhibitions

HAMET GALLERY EXHIBITION 1973
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 1984 catalogue with notes by a person who walked round the gallery with Mrs. Roberrts.
ALBEMARLE GALLERY 1989 (visitor's notes and list)
D'OFFAY GALLERY 1980

 

 

HE KNEW DEGAS (Sickert, press coverage of Roberts' painting)

 

pamphlets

WILLIAM ROBERTS website
WILLIAM ROBERTS gallery of works

 

RESPONSE one BY ROBERTS TO THE TATE Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism COMETISME
RESPONSE two BY ROBERTS TO THE TATE Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism RESURRECTION
RESPONSE three BY ROBERTS TO THE TATE Wyndham Lewis and Vorticism PRESS VIEW

 

William Roberts RA, 1895-1980, from a working class family ; another distinguished Slade student from the generation of Gertler, Carrington, Nevinson and Spencer. A talented draftsman from childhood he was apprenticed to Sir Joseph Causton with the intention of being a poster artist, an intriguing direction for his future. http://englishcubist.co.uk/resurrectionpamph.html

From the Cometisme pamphlet protesting at the distortion of Vorticism as a Lewisite activity. "Vorticism for me is the work I did for the Doré Gallery exhibition, together with the drawings in the second Blast (War number) whilst a member of the Group. The painting 'Dancers', and the drawing 'Religion', reproduced in the 1914 Pink Blast, belong to my Pre-Vorticist period. These were done before I met Lewis. After we became acquainted he selected these two things for exhibition at his rebel Art Centre, later publishing them in Blast number one."

"If anyone were to imagine we signed this Manifesto, pen in hand, in solemn assembly, they would be making a big mistake. I, in fact, personally signed nothing. The first knowledge I had of a Vorticist Manifesto's existence was when Lewis, one fine Sunday morning in the summer of 1914, knocked at my door and placed in my hands this chubby, rosy, problem-child Blast, the fruits of his own, Ezra Pound's and Nevinson's combined labours. For if the honour of christening the Group belongs to Pound, Nevinson in his book, Paint and Prejudice, asserts that he was the godfather of its offspring, Blast."

 

 

SINGLES

ST. GEORGE published EVENING NEWS April 1915
drawing for Street Games
SUN BATHERS REGENT PARK 1973/ BEAUTY QUEENS 1974
THE GUITAR LESSON 1976 / THE GRANDMOTHER 1977
THE DANCE CLUB, 1923, Leeds City Art Gallery, with notes by R.Fulton.