Sir Aston Webb signing the minutes
by Fred Roe
pencil, 16 January 1924
8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (204 mm x 156 mm) overall
Given by (Eleanor) Frances Gordon Maynard (née Roe), 1994
- Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930), Architect and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 16 portraits.
- Fred Roe (1864-1947), Artist. Artist of 224 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Fred Roe drew this portrait sketch in a committee meeting at the Artists' General Benevolent Association in 1924. He filed it in the album Character Sketches, and when the sitter died in 1930, Roe had it reproduced it alongside his obituary in the Connoisseur.
The Character Sketches albums were used by Roe to file and retrieve images for publication or for reference use.
- NPG D43146: Sir Aston Webb signing the minutes (after)
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