Catalogue entry

William Roberts 1895-1980

T01561 Drawing for ‘The Return of Ulysses’ 1913

Inscribed ‘William Roberts’ b.l.
Ink and chalk on paper, 11 15/16x 181/16 (30.4 x 45.9).
Purchased from Anthony d’Offay (Knapping Fund)1972.

This drawing is one of two known studies by Roberts, both in the Tate Gallery, for his painting ‘The Return of Ulysses’1913 (coll. Castle Museum, Nottingham). The other study (T00878), in chalk and watercolour, is the same size but less detailed than the drawing or painting. The draughtsmanship of the drawing is more naturalistic and less angular or stylised then the other two works; the top half is squared up. The subject ‘The Return of Ulysses’ was probably set by the Slade School since there exist drawings of this title and dated 1913 by two of Roberts’ fellow students, David Bomberg, (coll. Anthony d’Offay) and Clare Winston (coll. the artist).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.