(England, Australia 08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931)
53.0 x 43.0 cm stretcher; 69.7 x 59.6 x 5.0 cm frame
Employed as an official in an insurance company, T.P. Purves was married to Roberts' sister Alice. Typical of a number of the artist's portraits, it conforms to the then preferred academic formula of a brightly lit head on a dark ground with which the subject’s clothes merge. However Roberts' immense skill and individuality as a portraitist succeeds in lifting the quality of his rendition beyond the mere requirement of a satisfactory likeness.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1961 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1961, 14. cat.no. 19
Inverell Art Gallery, Tom Roberts Art Exhibition. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, 3. cat.no. 5
Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 480, 481 (illus.).
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume II - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, 166. cat.no. 354
Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). plate no. 156
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1961, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Apr 1962–25 May 1962
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