(England, Australia 08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931)
45.7 x 35.7 cm stretcher; 61.5 x 51.5 x 8.0 cm frame
Tom Roberts' portrait of his close friend and colleague Arthur Streeton was made in Sydney in 1891, and Roberts kept it until his death. It is a 'friendship portrait' – informal and highly personal, expressive of the bond of camaraderie and respect between the two artists.
Roberts probably painted the oil while camping with Streeton at Little Sirius Cove on Sydney Harbour. Although Roberts is perhaps better known for his grand subject paintings and landscapes during the 1890s, he was also an outstanding portrait painter. Over a third of his artistic output was devoted to portraiture, and throughout his life he largely supported himself through commissions in this genre.
Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 38, 45 (colour illus.), 300.
Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 11, 72 (caption), 73 (colour illus.). cat.no. 28
Jeanette Hoorn, Reframing Darwin: evolution and the arts in Australia, 'Tom Roberts' portrait of Charlie Turner and Darwin's expression of the emotions in man and animals', pg. 118-135, Carlton, 2009, 128 (colour illus.).
Pat Kreuiter, Look, 'Learning to look at art: Introducing and inspiring art lovers of the future', pg. 12-13, Newtown, Oct 2008, 12 (colour illus.). A group of school children are pictured in front of the painting.
Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 59 (colour illus.).
John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘The only truly representative Australian school of painting’, pg. 357-418, Sydney, 2008, 395 (colour illus.).
Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily telegraph, 'Love's lasting impress', pg. 84, Surry Hills, 16 Jun 2007, 84 (colour illus.).
Robin Usher, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Smike ♥ Florry: Streeton's hidden message of love', pg. 11, Sydney, 13 Jun 2007, 11 (colour illus.).
Alison Barclay, Herald Sun, 'Artist's secret love', pg. 18, Port Melbourne, 13 Jun 2007, 18 (colour illus.).
Robin Usher, Age, 'A Florry of activity', pg. 16, Melbourne, 13 Jun 2007, 16 (colour illus.).
Melissa Iaria, Courier Mail, 'Secret love long lost, but its ghost lingers', pg. 4, Queensland, 13 Jun 2007, 4 (colour illus.).
Terence Lane, Age, 'Southern lights', pg. 14, Melbourne, 24 Mar 2007, 14 (illus.).
Angus Trumble, Australian Impressionism, 'Colony and Capital in Australian Impressionist Portraiture', pg. 181-187, Melbourne, 2007, 186, 335, 192 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10.9
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 84 (colour illus.).
unknown author, Look, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 14, Heidelberg, Apr 1997, 7 (illus.), 15 (colour illus.).
Janet Hawley, Good Weekend, 'Tom Roberts Bailed Up', pg. 32-39, Sydney, 24 Feb 1996, 37 (colour illus.).
Humphrey McQueen, Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1996, 640.
Leigh Ashtbury, Tom Roberts, 'Masculinity and Modernity', pg. 124, Adelaide, 1996, 138, 139 (colour illus.), 203 (illus.).
Helen Topliss, The artists' camps 'plein air' painting in Australia, Victoria, 1992, 58 (colour illus.). plate no. 61
Julian Faigan, Uncommon Australians: towards an Australian portrait gallery, Sydney, 1992, 80 (colour illus.).
Albie Thoms, Bohemians in the bush: the artists' camps of Mosman, Sydney, 1991, 78-79. cat.no. 63
Terry Smith, Australian cultural history, 'Populism and Privilege in Australian Painting', pg. 190-210, Cambridge, 1988, cover (illus.), 195-96, 206 (illus.). plate no. 6
Geoffrey Dutton, Famous Australian Art - Tom Roberts 1856-1931, Brisbane, 1987, 41 (colour illus.).
Jane Clark, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, 'Sydney Harbour', pg. 151-152, Melbourne, 1985, 154 (colour illus.).
Tim Bonyhady, Images in opposition: Australian landscape painting 1801–1890, 'The artist in society', pg. 1-22, Melbourne, 1985, 19 (illus.), 175. titled 'Arthur Streeton'
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). plate no. 82
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 120, 121. cat.no. 173
Bernard William Smith, Place, taste and tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788, 'Impressionism in Australia', pg. 112-145, South Melbourne, 1979, 2 (illus.), 11. frontispiece
Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, 'Roberts' portraiture', pg. 104-120, Melbourne, 1978, 109 (colour illus.), 117. plate no. 29
Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 469 (illus.), 471.
Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, (colour illus.). plate no. 30
Clive Turnbull, Jean Campbell and Daniel Thomas, Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary, Adelaide, 1962, 40. cat.no. 47
Robert Campbell, Paintings of Tom Roberts, Adelaide, 1962, 20, 21 (colour illus.). titled 'Smike'; plate missing from AGNSW copy
The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. titled 'Portrait of Arthur Streeton'; cat.no. 53; not paginated
Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. titled 'Athur Streeton'; cat.no. 58
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tom Roberts exhibition, National Art Gallery of NSW: souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1947, 11. titled ‘Sir Arthur Streeton’; cat.no. 13
Lionel Lindsay, Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945, (illus.).
A memorial exhibition of paintings by the late Tom Roberts (1932), Melbourne, 1932. titled ‘Portrait, Arthur Streeton, 1881’; cat.no. 45; not paginated
A memorial exhibition of paintings by the late Tom Roberts (1932), Fine Arts Society Gallery, Melbourne, 21 Jun 1932–02 Jul 1932
Tom Roberts - Retrospective Exhibition:
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Artists by artists (1954), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1954–05 Dec 1954
Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-63):
The artists' camps: Plein air painting in Melbourne 1885-1898:
Bohemians in the bush: the artists' camps of Mosman, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jun 1991–25 Aug 1991
Uncommon Australians: Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery:
Tom Roberts (1996-1997):
Inaugural permanent display, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 04 Mar 1999–04 Mar 2000
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Australian Impressionism, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 31 Mar 2007–08 Jul 2007
Impressions: painting light and life, National Portrait Gallery [Parliamentary Zone], Canberra, 25 Nov 2011–04 Mar 2012