William Roberts Sarah About 1925 © The Estate of John David Roberts


Born 1895
Died 1980
Nationality English
Birth place London
Death place London

Born in London, Roberts studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1910 to 1913. He joined the vorticist group in 1914, painting in a machine-orientated style which verged on abstraction. During the First World War, Roberts served as an Official War Artist for the Canadian War Records Office and at that time he began to adopt a more naturalistic approach in his art. In the 1920s Roberts used distinctive 'tubular' forms in his work, influenced by Fernand Léger. Throughout his life Roberts painted portraits and also produced a number of pictures depicting life in London.

Glossary terms

Glossary terms


A radical English art movement of the early twentieth century led by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Influenced by the Futurists, they favoured urban, industrial subjects and promoted a hard-edged, angular style