William Roberts Trooping the Colour 1958–9

Artwork details

Artist
William Roberts 1895–1980
Title
Trooping the Colour
Date 1958–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1829 x 2743 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03248
Not on display

Display caption

'Trooping the Colour' represents the military parade which takes place before the Queen every June on her Official Birthday. She is seen on the only chestnut horse, with the Duke of Edinburgh to her left. Roberts has compressed into a single work a convincing sense of the variety of human and equestrian movement in this ceremony, as well as a wealth of detail in the uniforms. A significant element is the standard which bears the names of twentieth-century battles famous in British history. Roberts not only served on the Western Front from 1916-18 but his military service began on Horseguards Parade, the setting of this painting.

August 2004

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