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Title

Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves


Artist

Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Self-Portrait [H.Y. Norton & Huband-Smith]


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

OA9.1961


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Works in the collection

46


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


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