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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.

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