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Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


48.9 x 36.2 cm stretcher; 69.3 x 59.0 x 8.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "Tom Roberts/ 1892".


Purchased 1892


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 13 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 38 publications


Leigh Astbury, Art and Australia (Vol. 37, No. 1), 'Linda Sproul, Tom Roberts and the White Woman Project', pg. 232-235, Sydney, 1999, 232 (colour illus.), 234.

Jane Clark, Golden summers: Heidelberg and beyond, 'Sydney Harbour', pg. 150-152, Melbourne, 1985, 155 (colour illus.).

Robert Croll, Tom Roberts: father of Australian landscape painting, Melbourne, 1935, 45.

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 16, 76 (caption), 77 (colour illus.). 30

Anne Grey, Tom Roberts, 'Tom Roberts: La vita con brio', pg. 11-30, Canberra, 2015, 17, 27, 43, 46, 198 (colour illus.), 199, 349. 63

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg School 1885-96', pg. 53-74, Melbourne, 1970, 12, 60 (illus.), 61, 329. plate no. 19

Marcus B. Huish (Compilator), The year's art 1893: a concise epitome of all matters relating to the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture which have occurred during the year 1892, together with information respecting the events of the year 1893, 'Australia: New South Wales', pg. 205-207, London, 1893, 206-207 (illus.). b&w line drawing

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 115 (colour illus.).

Alexandra Joel, Parade: The story of fashion in Australia, 'Victorian Virtue', pg. 19-37, Pymble, 1998, xi (illus.), 29 (colour illus.).

Eleonore H. Lange, Art in Australia [series 4, no. 1], 'Portraiture through the ages', pg. 10-22, Sydney, Mar 1941, 18 (illus.).

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 164

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Tom Roberts', Sydney, 1976, (colour illus.). 10; not paginated

Patrick H McCarthy, Bailed up: the story behind the painting, Sydney, 2006, 14-15, 64.

Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 60, 67 (colour illus.), 158.

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘The only truly representative Australian school of painting’, pg. 357-418, Sydney, 2008, 409 (colour illus.).

Australian artists: Some have real artistic merit and the collection is credible', Chicago Daily Tribune, 'Pictures, pg. 9, Chicago, 08 Jun 1893, 9.

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 60

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. 288

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, Addendum.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tom Roberts exhibition, National Art Gallery of NSW: souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1947, 11. 15

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 107. 372

John Neylon, Jane Hylton and Tracey Lock-Weir, Tom Roberts: Education guide, Adelaide, 1996, (colour illus.).

Ron Radford, Tom Roberts, ‘The father of Australian landscape painting?’, pg. 10-19, Adelaide, 1996, 12, 16, 17 (colour illus. detail), 144, 154, 160, 162 (colour illus.).

Bruce Rowland, Human interest, Lake Macquarie, 2003. 29; checklist entry

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Art Society of New South Wales Spring Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, 1892, 18. 54; priced £52.10.0

Sebastian Smee, Weekend Australian, ‘Australian pastoral’, pg. 20, Australia, 14 Apr 2007, 20. Review of the ‘Australian Impressionism’ exhibition at Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria.

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 175.

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, 'Roberts' portraiture', pg. 104-120, Melbourne, 1978, 110 (colour illus.), 117, 124, 148. plate no. 30

Jill Stowell., The Newcastle herald, 'Collection shows fine eye for human form', Newcastle, 01 Feb 2003, 14N. Review of exhibition 'Human Interest' held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery in 'Weekender' section.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 470 (illus.), 471.

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 124. 187

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (illus.). plate no. 87

Angus Trumble, Australian Impressionism, 'Colony and Capital in Australian Impressionist Portraiture', pg. 181-187, Melbourne, 2007, 186, 336, 195 (colour illus.). 10.13

Natalie Wilson, Selling a nation: Australian artists at International Exhibitions [M.A., University of Sydney], 'Organisation of the New South Wales display in Chicago', pg. 18-45, Sydney, 2001, 24-25 (colour illus.), 25, 36, 38, 52. 8

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 02 Sep 1892, 2.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Australasian art review, Sydney, 01 Aug 1899, 23.

Author Unknown, Tom Roberts, Sydney, 1996, cover (colour illus.).

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893: Catalogue of the exhibits in the New South Wales Courts, ‘Department K. Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, &c. Group CXL. - Paintings in Oil.’, pg. 432-436, Sydney, 1893, 435, 442. cat. no. 10