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Silent Bob Bates



Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


Other Title

Silent B.B. Bates

Place where the work was made

Inverell New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on cedar panel


76.4 x 39.5 cm board; 83.5 x 46.6 x 6.2 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated c.l. below right shoulder, brown oil "T.Roberts/ AP.95".


Purchased 1947


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 13 publications


Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 11, 88 (caption), 89 (colour illus.). 36

Elizabeth Greenup, History is ... Book 2, South Melbourne, 1990, 135 (illus.).

Inverell Art Gallery, Tom Roberts Art Exhibition. Tom Roberts Festival 2001, Inverell, 2001, 5, 11, 13. 17 (framed colour photograph of the painting as the work did not tour to Inverell)

Patrick H McCarthy, Bailed up: the story behind the painting, Sydney, 2006, 14, 87 (colour illus.), 92-99, 149, 177.

John McPhee, Red cedar in Australia, 'Introduction', pg. 8-21, Glebe, 2004, 21 (colour illus.), 121. 112

Nan Musgrove., The Australian women's weekly, '"All this began at two bob a night at Collingwood"', Sydney, 26 Apr 1972.

Barry Pearce, Australian Collection Focus: Tom Roberts Bailed Up 1895/1927, Sydney, 1998, (illus.).

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 94-95.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 473 (illus.).

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). plate no. 107

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 138. 234f.

Russel Ward and Graeme Inson, The glorious years of Australia fair from the birth of the Bulletin to Versailles, Milton, 1971, (colour illus.).

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 61 (colour illus.), 302.