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The Dressmakers

© estate of John David Roberts. By courtesy of The William Roberts Society. Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Roberts, a carpenter’s son, won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art. In the 1910s he and other London-based artists declared they were producing new art for the new century. Their semi-abstract pictures were inspired by modern machinery and industry. After the First World War he developed his own style using clear, tubular forms and strong colours. His favourite subjects were portraits and scenes from everyday life, drawing inspiration from the lives of ordinary Londoners.

Victoria Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 50.8 x W 40.6 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1944.43

Acquisition method

purchased, 1944

Work type



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