An image of Smike Streeton age 24

Tom Roberts

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

Smike Streeton age 24

Location
Not on display
Further information

Tom Roberts' portrait of his close friend and colleague Arthur Streeton was made in Sydney in 1891, and Roberts kept it until his death. It is a 'friendship portrait' – informal and highly personal, expressive of the bond of camaraderie and respect between the two artists.

Roberts probably painted the oil while camping with Streeton at Little Sirius Cove on Sydney Harbour. Although Roberts is perhaps better known for his grand subject paintings and landscapes during the 1890s, he was also an outstanding portrait painter. Over a third of his artistic output was devoted to portraiture, and throughout his life he largely supported himself through commissions in this genre.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1891
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45.7 x 35.7 cm stretcher; 61.5 x 51.5 x 8.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, incised "TOM ROBERTS 91.".
Credit
Purchased 1945
Accession number
7442