Spence was a fellow artist and friend of Roberts whom he had known from their time together in 1892 at the artists' colony 'Curlew Camp', in Little Sirius Cove on Sydney Harbour's north shore. Aged 28 at the time of this portrait, he was a frequent illustrator for Cosmos, a general interest magazine of the period.
oil on canvas on paperboard on hardboard
37.0 x 30.9 cm board; 49.5 x 44.0 x 4.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "Tom Roberts./ 1896.".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1957, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1958–16 Mar 1958
Bohemians in the bush: the artists' camps of Mosman, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jun 1991–25 Aug 1991
Tom Roberts Festival (2001), Inverell Art Gallery, Inverell, 27 Apr 2001–06 May 2001
Tom Roberts Festival - Portraiture (2006), Inverell Art Gallery, Inverell, 22 Apr 2006–05 May 2006
Referenced in 5 publications
Inverell Art Gallery, Tom Roberts Art Exhibition. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, 2. cat.no. 4
Albie Thoms, Bohemians in the bush: the artists' camps of Mosman, Sydney, 1991, 79. cat.no. 67
Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 475 (illus.), 476.
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (illus.). plate no. 122
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 149. cat.no. 272