William Roberts Esther Lahr 1925

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Artist
William Roberts 1895–1980
Title
Esther Lahr
Date 1925
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 508 x 406 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Charles Lahr in memory of Esther Lahr 1970
Reference
T01184
Not on display

Display caption

During the 1920s and 1930s Roberts received a number of portrait commissions including one from Charles Lahr for this portrait of his wife. Esther Lahr (1898-1970) was a close friend of the artist's wife Sarah. Born Esther Argeband, in London, of Jewish refugee parents, Mrs Lahr changed her name to Archer before her marriage in 1922. Prior to her wedding, Mrs Lahr purchased a bookshop at 68 Red Lion Street which she subsequently ran with her husband. This portrait hung in the Blue Moon Bookshop from 1925 to 1940 when the picture was removed to the sitter's Muswell Hill home.

August 2004

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