Tom ROBERTS, Circular Quay, Sydney Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

  • Australia from 1869
  • England, Europe 1881- 85, 1903-23

Circular Quay, Sydney between 1888 and 1898 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: thin smooth cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower left by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Circular Quay Sydney / By Tom Roberts / Early sketch'. Inscribed lower right R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Circular Quay By Tom Roberts / From an Early Sketch Book / Certified by R H Croll / Author of the Life of Tom Roberts [underlined]'.
Dimensions: image 12.2 h x 25.2 w cm sheet 22.5 h x 28.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 106
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.1
  • With the artist until his death in 1931.
  • Collection of R.H. Croll (1869-1947) the author of the 1935 biography of Tom Roberts.
  • Unknown collection.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Leonard Joel Pty Ltd, Melbourne, November 1972. From the auction 'Australian, New Zealand, English and European Historical and Contemporary Drawings and Paintings', Melbourne: Leonard Joel, 16-17 November 1972, lot no. 335.
  • The catalogue noted that 'The following 26 Sketches are from Tom Roberts' Sketch Book, formerly the property of Robert Croll...Many are inscribed by Croll'.