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Miss Florence Greaves



Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


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




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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


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, Sydney, 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.).