Ellis William Roberts (1860-1930)
Portrait of an Elegant Lady wearing a white satin dress and green wrap, possibly a member of the Bonham Carter family.
Pastel, Signed and Dated 1890, 88 x 48 " / 100 x 601/2 ", From a Private Collection
Ellis William Roberts was born in Burslem, Staffordshire, the second son of Thomas Roberts, a pottery manager. Ellis William Roberts studied at the Wedgwood Institute, Burselem, Minton Memorial Art School, the Royal College of Art from 1882 to 1883 and Academie Julian, Paris from 1887 - 1888 under Bouguerreau and Robert Fleury. It is recorded that he travelled to Italy. Roberts was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1893. He worked in pastel and oil and specialised in portraits of London Society women, often large full length in the French academic manner. His Sitters included Lady Cunard; Rt Hon. Arthur Balfour, Countess of Chesterfield, 3rd Earl of Morley; Lady Londonderry; Countess of Powis, Lady Leaconfield and many others. Roberts exhibited sixteen portraits at the Royal Academy from 1886 to 1902, from a London address, 6 William Street, Lowndes Square, London.
He died in Brighton at the Queen's Hotel on 24th September 1930.
Works Represented: Badminton; Arundel; Bowhill, Beningborough Hall, North Yorkshire, Bisham Abbey, Buckinghamshire; Devon County Council, Exeter; Mount Stewart House, Co Down; Petworth House, West Sussex; Powis Castle; Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Stoke -on -Trent.
Literature: Portrait Painters - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
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