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Grey lady (Mrs Ince)

(circa 1910-circa 1912)


Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    London England
    (circa 1910-circa 1912)
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    76.1 x 63.3 cm board; 92.7 x 77.5 x 8.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1946
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Tom Roberts

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  • About

    Painted in London where Roberts had settled in 1903 the stylish subject and relatively complex composition of this portrait reveal his ambition to attain the respected status of then fashionable portraitists such as Gainsborough and Wilson Steer. However the painting dates from a troubled period when Roberts met continued rejection by the Royal Academy. On the advice of young fellow Australian expatriate artist James Quinn, he reduced the range of colours in his palette to yellow ochre, light red, white and black, producing a number of fine works of similar low-key tonality and delicate sensitivity.

    His paint-handling in this portrait, using thickly applied yet dry-looking pigment, was to form the basis of his approach to the works he produced following his return to Australia in 1923.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

Other works by Tom Roberts

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