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Bob and Roberta Smith: The Secret to a Good Life, Special Edition

This warm and witty family story from Bob and Roberta Smith RA, told in his signature signwriting style, explores the role of women artists, the sexism of the art world and the benefits of drawing every day.

This special volume is accompanied by two wonderful limited pieces; a Bob and Roberta Smith print The Secret to a Good Life, as well as the zine, This is Mary Moser created by Etta Voorsanger-Brill. Produced in an edition of 250, both pieces are signed and numbered by their respective artists.

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Fabric & material Hardback
Edition 250
Medium Print with Book
SKU 02088192

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Product story

Bob and Roberta Smith's parents were artists. Each year, they submitted work to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and waited nervously to see if they'd be accepted. Triumph or disaster accompanied the result. Then, Bob and Roberta's mother, the painter Deidre Borlase, discovered that she was more likely to be accepted if she disguised her gender, signing her paintings 'D. Borlase'.

This special edition includes a signed lithograph by Bob and Roberta Smith and a risograph zine exploring the life of Mary Moser RA by Deirdre’s granddaughter, the artist Etta Voorsanger-Brill.