An image of Self portrait

Tom Roberts

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

Self portrait

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Not on display
Further information

Tom Roberts (1856–1931) is best known for such large-scale paintings depicting Australia's pastoral life and labour as 'The golden fleece' and 'Bailed up'. Born in England, he migrated to Australia in 1868, working initially as a photographer. A leading figure with Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Charles Conder and others in setting up outdoor painting camps on the outskirts of Melbourne, he was the key proponent of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism. Moving to Sydney in 1891, Roberts also travelled to regional New South Wales to paint a series of 'national' pastoral subjects. After a difficult period in Europe 1901–23, he returned to Australia, settling in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges.

Place of origin
Dandenongs, Victoria, Australia
oil on canvas
61.2 x 51.0 cm stretcher; 81.0 x 71.0 x 7.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, red oil "Tom Roberts 24./ To the Trustees Sydney National Gallery".
Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1924
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