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An image of Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves by Tom Roberts
Alternate image of Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves by Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

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

Title
Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves
Other titles:
Self-Portrait [H.Y. Norton & Huband-Smith]
Year
1900
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

53.0 x 43.0 cm stretcher; 69.7 x 59.6 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, red oil "Tom Roberts". Dated l.r. corner, red oil "1900".
Credit
Watson Bequest Fund 1961
Accession number
OA9.1961
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (5)

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 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). plate no. 156

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume II - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, 166. cat.no. 354

Exhibition history (3)

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