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.