London, Redfern Gallery, William Roberts, July – August 1942 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 6);
London, Tate Gallery, William Roberts ARA: Retrospective Exhibition, November – December 1965 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 155). This exhibition travelled to Newcastle, Laing Art Gallery, January 1965;
Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, January 1966;
University of Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, William Roberts: A Retrospective, March – May 2004 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 32, p. 92). This exhibition travelled to Graves Art Gallery, June – September 2004;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: The Human Face, 22 July – 28 September 2008;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: The Art of William Roberts, 24 September – 18 December 2011;
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Drawing On, 21 March – 7 June 2015
Wiliam Roberts was a founder of the Vorticist group (a type of British cubism representing the machine age) and a unique observer of twentieth century Britain. A gunner in the Royal Artillery in 1916, he was an Official War artist the following year. After the war, his style changed, as he began to present fuller, more robust bodies. In this piece, the distinction between mask and face is played upon.