An image of Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves

Tom Roberts

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

Portrait of Mr. T.P. Purves

Other titles:
Self-Portrait [H.Y. Norton & Huband-Smith]
Location
Not on display
Further information

Employed as an official in an insurance company, T.P. Purves was married to Roberts' sister Alice. Typical of a number of the artist's portraits, it conforms to the then preferred academic formula of a brightly lit head on a dark ground with which the subject’s clothes merge. However Roberts' immense skill and individuality as a portraitist succeeds in lifting the quality of his rendition beyond the mere requirement of a satisfactory likeness.

Year
1900
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
53.0 x 43.0 cm stretcher; 69.7 x 59.6 x 5.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, red oil "Tom Roberts". Dated l.r. corner, red oil "1900".
Credit
Watson Bequest Fund 1961
Accession number
OA9.1961