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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


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.).

Unknown 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

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

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

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

Unknown, 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

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

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

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

Unknown, 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.

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

Unknown, 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