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Roberts, Wilfred Joseph

Entry updated 31 July 2023. Tagged: Artist.

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(1898-1976) UK illustrator, active from the early 1930s, almost exclusively for magazines and publishers whose works were deemed ephemeral, so that much of his output remains obscure; he is thought to have normally signed his work W J Roberts, W F Roberts or L J Roberts, though much may be anonymous or under other names. He is credited in this encyclopedia for three volumes of the Gees sequence by E Charles Vivian writing as Jack Mann, Gees' First Case (1936) being the first of these; cover credits for later volumes of the sequence have not been discovered.

Roberts provided covers for several Pulp magazines published by The World's Work (1913) Ltd, including Tales of Wonder, and for at least one of that firm's books, Eric Frank Russell's Sinister Barrier (1939 Unknown; 1943). His work is notable for sweeping perspectives, low horizon lines sometimes evocative of the much later Paul Lehr, and plausibly differentiated human figures. [JC]

Wilfred Joseph Roberts

born London: 27 July 1898

died London: 1976


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