William Roberts, research papers relating to 18th and 19th century artists

Scope and Content

The papers were received in two separate deposits:

-1940/01 - Research material collated by William Roberts, including correspondence, often with images of portraits attached, notes, press cuttings and other published material, relating to the following artists: Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830); Thomas Gainsborough (bap. 1727-1788); John Opie (1761-1807); George Romney (1734-1802); Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792); Francis Cotes (1726-1770); John Hoppner (1758-1810); Sir William Beechey (1753-1839); William Owen (1769-1825) and Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)

-1988/01 - Papers compiled and collected by William Roberts relating to Sir Thomas Lawrence, including correspondence to Roberts concerning Lawrence, reproductions of works by Lawrence ranging from engravings to reproductions in magazines, newspaper cuttings relating to Lawrence, notes thought to be by Roberts, and printed poetry some of which relates to Lawrence's sitters. Also included is a letter from William Angerstein to Thomas Campbell concerning Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Roberts (1862-1940) was an art historian interested in 18th and 19th century portrait artists. Amongst those who he published works on were George Romney, Sir William Beechey, and Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Access Information

Available to view by appointment in the Heinz Archive and Library Public Study Room, to make an appointment contact Archive Reception . Although records are generally available for public consultation, some information in them, such as personal data or information supplied to the Gallery in confidence, may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Personal photography is permitted for research purposes only. Photocopying is not permitted.