An image of Louis Buvelot

Tom Roberts

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

Louis Buvelot

Not on display
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One of the most celebrated artists of his generation, Tom Roberts was responsible for a number of memorable masterpieces of Australian art of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Among his best known works in the Gallery's collection are 'Holiday sketch at Coogee' 1888, 'An autumn morning, Milson's Point, Sydney' 1888, his portrait of Arthur Streeton – 'Smike Streeton at 24' 1891, 'The golden fleece' 1894, and 'Bailed up' 1895/1927. There is an etching of Buvelot by Roberts in the collection, showing Buvelot in a similar pose to this drawing. Buvelot, who was greatly admired by Roberts and his friends, influenced a younger generation of Australian landscape painters through the example of his work. A number of them, including Frederick McCubbin, John Ford Paterson and John Mather, accompanied Buvelot on his sketching tours of Victoria, when they drew and painted en plein air. Buvelot reminded Julian Ashton of 'Jean-Françios Millet as I saw him walking along with a large sketchbook under his arm' (Julian Ashton, 'Now came still evening on', Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1941, pg. 98), thereby evoking the Barbizon school of painters, with whose work Buvelot has often been linked.

Helen Lempriere (1907-91), who gave this drawing to the Gallery, was a painter and great grand-daughter of the colonial artist T J Lempriere (1796-1852) and Dora née Mitchell, sister of the internationally famous Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

pen and black ink on paper
28.1 x 22.2 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. [diagonal], pencil "Tom Roberts/ 86".

Gift of Miss Helen Lempriere 1960
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