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.
Self-Portrait [H.Y. Norton & Huband-Smith]
oil on canvas
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".
Watson Bequest Fund 1961
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 5 publications
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