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An image of A Chinese cook shop by Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

(England, Australia 08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931)

Title
A Chinese cook shop
Other titles:
The opium den
Year
(circa 1887)
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, printed in dark brown ink with plate tone on ivory wove paper
Dimensions

20.4 x 15.2 cm platemark; 32.1 x 20.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., pencil "Tom Roberts.". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1978
Accession number
33.1978
Location
Not on display
Further information

'The Chinese cook shop' was first exhibited in Melbourne in October 1887 at the Australian Artists' Association exhibition. Roberts planned to have it professionally editioned in London. It was exhibited again in Sydney in 1921 at the Australian Painter-Etchers Society's first exhibition, re-titled 'The opium den'. The plate was found in the studio of etcher Cyril Dillon, who printed proofs in 1920 when Roberts was visiting Australia.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998

Bibliography (5)

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 9, 10 (colour illus.). Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Nicolas Draffin, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Prints and Drawings - Australia, European and American', pg. 47-66, Sydney, 1981, 49, 66 (illus.). cat.no. 43

Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. 71

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 28 (illus.). cat.no. 28

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 15 (colour illus.). cat.no. 18

Exhibition history (3)

Everyday Life, prints, drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European Art:

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000