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Title

Self portrait

1924


Artist

Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


About

Tom Roberts (1856–1931) is best known for such large-scale paintings depicting Australia's pastoral life and labour as 'The golden fleece' and 'Bailed up'. Born in England, he migrated to Australia in 1868, working initially as a photographer. A leading figure with Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder and others in setting up outdoor painting camps on the outskirts of Melbourne, he was the key proponent of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism. Moving to Sydney in 1891, Roberts also travelled to regional New South Wales to paint a series of 'national' pastoral subjects. After a difficult period in Europe 1901–23, he returned to Australia, settling in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges.


Details


Other Title

Self-portrait


Place where the work was made

Dandenongs Victoria Australia


Date

1924


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

61.2 x 51.0 cm stretcher; 81.0 x 71.0 x 7.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "Tom Roberts 24./ To the Trustees Sydney National Gallery".


Credit

Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1924


Location

Not on display


Accession number

958


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection

46


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 24 publications

Bibliography


Anthony Horden & Son's (Compilator), Exhibition of oil paintings by Tom Roberts, Sydney, Jun 1926, cover (illus.). The work was featured on the cover of the catalogue for Anthony Horden & Sons Ltd. 'Exhibition of oil paintings by Tom Roberts'.

Edmund Capon and Ursula Prunster, Face to face: Australian portraits, Sydney, 1986, (illus.). cat.no. 23

Louise Chamberlin, Art In Sight, Sydney, 1996, 141, 144, 145, 149, 151, 155, 171.

Robert Croll (Editor), Smike to bulldog: letters from Sir Arthur Streeton to Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1946, 45 (illus.).

Janet Hawley, Good Weekend, 'Tom Roberts Bailed Up', pg. 32-39, Sydney, 24 Feb 1996, 38 (colour illus.).

Ann Hodgens, The people in the paintings: a research report for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Inverell, 2006, front cover (illus.).

Ann Hodgens (Editor), Tom Roberts Festival 2006: Heritage tour, Inverell, 2006, front cover (illus.).

Inverell Art Gallery, Tom Roberts Art Exhibition. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, front cover (illus.), 3. cat.no. 7

Patrick H McCarthy, Bailed up: the story behind the painting, ‘Introduction’, pg. 9-14, Sydney, 2006, 14-15, 132 (colour illus.), 176.

Humphrey McQueen, Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1996, 640.

Hal Missingham, Artists by artists, Sydney, 1954, 10. cat.no. 61; black and white illustration featured on an un-paginated page.

Timothy Morrell, Art Monthly Australia, 'To look within: Self portraits in Australia at the University of Queensland Art Museum', pg. 26-28, Canberra, Jul 2004, 27.

John Neylon, Jane Hylton and Tracey Lock-Weir, Tom Roberts: Education guide, Adelaide, 1996, (colour illus.).

Ron Radford, Humphrey McQueen, Mary Eagle, Virginia Spate, Daniel Thomas, Jane Hylton, Barry Pearce, Leigh Astbury, Helen Topliss, Roger Arthur Butler and Jane Hylton, Tom Roberts, Adelaide, 1996, 1 (colour illus.), 4, 214 (illus.).

Andrew Sayers, To look within: self portraits in Australia, 'The artist's self-portrait in Australia', pg. 6-33, Brisbane, 2004, 18, 21 (colour illus.).

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 14 (illus.), 127, 149. illus.no. 1

Andrew Stevenson, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Tom's people', pg. 3, Sydney, 09 Jan 2001, 3 (colour illus.). NOTE: pg. 3 of Summer Metropolitan section

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 14-15, Heidelberg, Apr 1997, 14 (colour illus.).

The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales), 'Bailed up' re-enactment. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, front cover (illus.).

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 484 (illus.), 485.

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 209. cat.no. 595

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (illus.). plate no. 228

Peter Ward, The Australian Magazine, 'More or less than meets the eye', pg. 22-27, Sydney, 28 Sep 1996-29 Sep 1996, contents (colour illus., detail), 23 (colour illus.).

A memorial exhibition of paintings by the late Tom Roberts (1932), Melbourne, 1932. cat.no. 5