Artist - William Roberts
William Roberts, born 1895 in Hackney, London, died 1980. Designed posters for London Transport 1951-1953
- Educated; St Martin's School of Art; 1909-1910
- Educated; Slade School of Fine Art; 1910-1913
William Roberts left school aged fourteen. He started an apprenticeship in poster design whilst attending evening classes at St Martin's School of Art. The following year he won a scholarship to the Slade, where he met Edward Wadsworth and Christopher Nevinson. Together they joined the Vorticists, an avant-garde group formed in 1914. Like many Vorticists, Roberts was an Official War Artist during the First World War. The experience had a profound effect on their celebrated view of the 'modern world'. The group disbanded and Roberts adopted a more representational approach. In a distinctive and enduring style, he recorded the social development of the working class. Dynamic and densely populated, his scenes of everyday life were always coolly contained within a balanced composition.