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In the shadow of the hills



Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


Other Titles

In the Shadow of the Hills

Shadow of the Hills

Place where the work was made

Kallista Victoria Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on plywood


48.1 x 91.7 cm board; 62.5 x 105.7 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, pale red oil "Tom Roberts/ 24".


Purchased 1926


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Anthony Horden & Son's (Compilator), Exhibition of oil paintings by Tom Roberts, Sydney, Jun 1926. 2; priced 175 guineas

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 779

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Tom Roberts', Sydney, 1976, illus.. 12; not paginated

Charles Smith (Editor), The West Australian, ‘MR. TOM ROBERTS DEAD.: A Pioneer Australian Painter.’, pg. 6, Perth, 15 Sep 1931, 6.

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 128, 129 (colour illus.), 148. plate no. 34

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 486 (illus.), 487.

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (illus.). plate no. 584

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 207. 584

Editor Unknown (Editor), Exhibition and sale of paintings by Tom Roberts, previous to his leaving Australia., Sydney, Nov 1900. titled 'In the Shadow of the Hills'; 1; priced 110 guineas; not paginated

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Western Argus, ‘Leading artist dead: the late Mr. Tom Roberts.’, pg. 27, Kalgoorlie, 22 Sep 1931, 27.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Syndey Morning Herald, ‘Artist’s death. Mr Tom Roberts.’, pg. 10, Sydney, 15 Sep 1931, 10.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Mail, ‘Prominent persons: Mr. A.J. Roberts, O.B.E’, pg. 2, Adelaide, 03 Mar 1928, 2.

Editor Unknown, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'National Art Gallery', pg. 14, Sydney, 02 Jul 1926, 14.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Argus, 'Mr. Roberts's Paintings', pg. 16, Melbourne, 17 Sep 1924, 16. Note: referred to as ‘Shadow of the Hills’.