William Roberts
Portrait of a Man Lighting a Pipe 1948–9

Artwork details

William Roberts 1895–1980
Portrait of a Man Lighting a Pipe
Date 1948–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 514 x 397 mm
Acquisition Presented by Ernest Cooper 1980
Not on display

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After the Second World War, Roberts increasingly withdrew from all social life and used himself and his wife as models, either separately or for double portraits. Unlike most of Roberts’s portraits, the self-portraits directly engage with the viewer, as can be seen in this work.

Attributes such as the pipe and neck scarf, are carefully selected and positioned. The artist’s wife said that in life Roberts neither smoked nor wore a scarf.

August 2004

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