same portrait silk, but without the woven Registration Number
and note the absence of the sphinx on the right hand side, near the pyramids
the image of this silk portrait was kindly
|Reference Number:-||Sprake Number:-||Godden Number:-|
Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
17.8cm deep by 12.7cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
Signature woven across the base, or sometimes in smaller writing half across the base. Variations exist in the position of the leaves and the flag. Regd. No. 350091 often woven in.
by Geoffrey Godden:
The portrait silk of Field-Marshal Roberts was registered at the Patent Office on 2 December 1899, and the front bears the registration number 350091 in the bottom left-hand corner (it may also be stamped on the back-label).
The subject was first listed as 'Lord Roberts' on label 31+32.
Two basically different variations occur, each with several minor differences in detail.
This portrait appears to be copied from a photograph by Poole of Waterford, published in the first issue of The Sphere magazine of 27 January 1900 (although the date of registration predates by a few weeks the publication of this journal).
The second version [so 440] is the normal Roberts silk which depicts the face as short and wide, with very little backgound shading. The signature is much reduced in size. Slight but insignificant variations in the woven detail are met with.