Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves



Autumn Leaves – The Gold of the Ruined Woodlands

Signed and dated l.l.: Larpent Roberts/1868
Oil on canvas, arched top

51 by 51 cm., 20 by 20 in.
(frame size 64 by 64 cm., 25 ¼ by 25 ¼ in.)

Henry Larpent Roberts was born in Nottingham, the son of Thomas Roberts, a wealthy lace manufacturer. It is not known where he studied but it is very likely that he would have attended Nottingham School of Art & Design. His father died in 1863 and in that same year he exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy and appears to have moved to London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and Royal Society of British Artists producing still life, landscape and figure paintings which showed a strong Pre-Raphaelite influence. In his later years his fortunes declined and although he appears not to have exhibited, he continued to work as an artist. He died in Walthamstow workhouse in 1917.