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Title

Bailed up

1895
1927


Artist

Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


About

Tom Roberts conceived the idea of a bushranger picture while he was staying at Inverell in northern NSW. He painted 'Bailed up' largely en plein air. It tells as much of the qualities of the local landscape as of its staged drama. Roberts superbly captures the summer heat conditions, which render to stillness the dramatic circumstances of a Cobb & Co hold up. The scene was painted from a purpose-built platform in a stringy bark tree, giving the work its high vantage point. Roberts modelled the figures on Inverell townspeople, including stagecoach driver 'Silent Bob Bates' who had been held up by local bushranger 'Captain Thunderbolt' three decades earlier.


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Other Titles

Bailed Up

Bail up

The Hold Up

Sticking up the Mail Coach

Bailed-up

Bailed Up!


Place where the work was made

Inverell New South Wales Australia


Dates

1895
1927


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

134.5 x 182.8 cm stretcher; 158.0 x 206.5 x 12.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown/red oil "Tom Roberts/ 95=/27".


Credit

Purchased 1933


Accession number

833


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection

46


Place

Where the work was made
Inverell

Shown in 19 exhibitions

Exhibition history