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On the Timbarra - Reek's and Allen's sluicing claim

(circa 1894)


Tom Roberts

England, Australia

08 Mar 1856 - 14 Sep 1931


Other Titles

Dredging in the Clarence (Reek’s)

On the Timbarra-Reek’s and Allen’s Sluicing Claim

Gold Digger

Place where the work was made

Tenterfield New South Wales Australia


(circa 1894)

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


66.0 x 103.0 cm board; 99.0 x 135.3 x 8.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, brown oil "Tom Roberts". Not dated.


Purchased 1961


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Tom Roberts

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 15 publications


Susan Bruce, A treasury of Australian bush painting, Adelaide, 1979, (colour illus.). plate no. 26

Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 4, 5 (illus.). 3; dated circa 1895

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 21 (illus.). 10

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Tom Roberts', Sydney, 1976, (colour illus.). 11; dated circa 1895-1896; not paginated

Patrick McCarthy, Bailed up: the story behind the painting, ‘Tom Roberts, Bushranging and Bailed Up’, pg. 45-90, Sydney, 2006, 76, 77 (colour illus.).

New South Wales Society of Artists, The Society of Artists Second Spring Exhibition, Sydney, Sep 1896, 4. titled ‘On the Timbarra-Reek’s and Allen’s Sluicing Claim’; 13; priced £26.5.0

Terry Smith, Transformations in Australian art: The nineteenth century - landscape, colony and nation [Volume One], 'The divided meaning of 'Shearing the Rams': artists and nationalism, 1888-1895', pg. 66-106, St Leonards, 2002, 99.

Virginia Spate, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 62 (colour illus.), 70, 148. plate no. 18

William Splatt and Susan Bruce, 100 masterpieces of Australian landscape painting, Melbourne, 1986, 122, 123 (colour illus.). plate no. 58

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 474 (illus.).

Helen Topliss, Seeing the first Australians, 'Tom Roberts' Aboriginal portraits', pg. 110-136, Sydney, 1985, 110, 124, 126 (illus.). plate no. 8.16

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 1 - Text, Melbourne, 1985, 131. 219

Helen Topliss, Tom Roberts 1856-1931: a catalogue raisonné. Volume 2 - Plates, Melbourne, 1985, (colour illus.). titled 'On the Timbarra-Reek’s and Allen’s Sluicing Claim’; 219

Editor Unknown (Editor), Exhibition and sale of paintings by Tom Roberts, previous to his leaving Australia., Sydney, Nov 1900. titled 'Dredging in the Clarence (Reek’s)'; 25; priced 20 guineas

Editor Unknown (Editor), The artists 1993: Australian old master painters, Gosford, 1993, (colour illus.). Illustration featured for the month of June, 1993; not paginated.