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An image of Miss Florence Greaves by Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

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

Miss Florence Greaves
Media categories
Pastel, Drawing
Materials used
pastel on paper

41.0 x 34.5 cm sheet; 39.8 x 33.5 cm sight edge; 58.8 x 52.4 x 2.9 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., red pastel "Tom Roberts/ 1898".
Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Florence Greaves (1873-1959) was one of Julian Ashton's first students at his Sydney Art School and also studied at the Slade School, London between 1925 and 1929. It is likely that she met Tom Roberts through Ashton. Roberts painted portraits of both Florence and her mother in the 1890s. In 1902 she married William Mofflin, a wool merchant; they divorced in 1915. Later she changed her name by deed poll to Florence Turner Blake after her great-grandparents and in honour of the artists she most admired. Several watercolours by her, influenced by Charles Conder's fan designs, are in the Gallery's collection. When she died she left almost all of her estate to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, at the time the largest bequest by an individual to the Gallery. Included was Tom Roberts' much admired painting of her and this pastel. Funds from her bequest are still used to purchase works for the collection.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

Bibliography (10)

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 11, 120 (caption), 121 (colour illus.). 52

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994. no catalogue numbers

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Newtown, Apr 2005, 26 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 120, 121 (colour illus.).

Hal Missingham (Director), Purchases and acquisitions for 1959, Sydney, 1959, 19. 39

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 116 (illus.), 117, 148. 43

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 474-475, 477 (illus.).

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 154. 293

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (illus.). plate no. 131; 293

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts, 'Portraiture and Nationalsim', pg. 148, Adelaide, 1996, 156, 157 (colour illus.), 210 (illus.).

Exhibition history (5)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1959, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Mar 1960–18 Apr 1960

Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994

Tom Roberts (1996-1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1997–01 Jun 1997

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005

Impressions: painting light and life, National Portrait Gallery [Parliamentary Zone], Canberra, 25 Nov 2011–04 Mar 2012