An image of Portrait of Florence

Tom Roberts

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

Portrait of Florence

Other titles:
Florence Greaves
19th c Australian art
Further information

One of his finest, most sensitive portraits, Roberts' 'Portrait of Florence' was one of a number of paintings that were inspired by pretty women and a delight in the decorative fashions of the day. Florence Greaves was a painter and former pupil of Roberts, whose father W.A.B. Greaves owned Newbold Station (north of Grafton, New South Wales) where Roberts painted 'A mountain muster' 1897.

While highlighting Roberts’ ability to position and light his subjects to best advantage – a skill he had acquired during his time as a studio photographer – the delicate palette, particular attention to flesh colour and use of black, reveal influences from Whistler and Velásquez that Roberts had absorbed during his visit to England and the continent in 1882-1884.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
(circa 1898)
oil on canvas on paperboard
66.6 x 38.7 cm stretcher; 95.0 X 68.0 x 5.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
Accession number