An image of Grey lady (Mrs Ince)

Tom Roberts

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

Grey lady (Mrs Ince)

Not on display
Further information

Painted in London where Roberts had settled in 1903 the stylish subject and relatively complex composition of this portrait reveal his ambition to attain the respected status of then fashionable portraitists such as Gainsborough and Wilson Steer. However the painting dates from a troubled period when Roberts met continued rejection by the Royal Academy. On the advice of young fellow Australian expatriate artist James Quinn, he reduced the range of colours in his palette to yellow ochre, light red, white and black, producing a number of fine works of similar low-key tonality and delicate sensitivity.

His paint-handling in this portrait, using thickly applied yet dry-looking pigment, was to form the basis of his approach to the works he produced following his return to Australia in 1923.

Place of origin
London, England
(circa 1910-circa 1912)
oil on canvas
76.1 x 63.3 cm board; 92.7 x 77.5 x 8.2 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Purchased 1946
Accession number