An image of An autumn morning, Milson's Point, Sydney

Tom Roberts

(England, Australia 08 Mar 1856 – 14 Sep 1931)

An autumn morning, Milson's Point, Sydney

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Roberts painted 'An autumn morning, Milson's Point' during a visit to Sydney in early 1888. The painting depicts the northern shores of the harbour that were only accessible by ferry at this time. A contemporary reviewer attributed the murky colour of the air to the pollution as a result of burning coal. Later, Roberts himself lived and painted in this area whilst staying in Mosman at Curlew Camp, Sirius Cove, during the early 1890s.

Whilst in Sydney, Roberts met Charles Conder and the two became friends, painting together at Coogee beach. 'Holiday sketch at Coogee', by Roberts, is a celebration of the white sand and blue water of this popular promenade and bathing site, especially the intensity of Sydney sunlight. Roberts' time in Sydney proved extremely influential on the young artist, and Conder followed him to Melbourne later that year to join the group of artist friends at Heidelberg.

Place of origin
Milsons Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1888
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45.7 x 76.2 cm stretcher; 65.3 x 96.0 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, red/brown oil "Tom Roberts/ Sydney 88".
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
27.1983