A unique figure in the history of Modern British art, William Roberts (1895-1980) created distinctive paintings throughout his career that focus on the leisure pursuits of the English working class- in parks, cafés, the cinema, the pub, the races and the seaside. His work captured the idiosyncrasies and social interactions of the English with humour and affection, and provides a panorama of modern life in England.

This exhibition features major paintings from the 1920s to the 1970s, which chart both Roberts’s artistic development from his English Cubist origins to the monumental rounded figures of his mature work, and the way in which life in England changed dramatically in the 20th century.