Tom ROBERTS, Study of James Arthur Boyd Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Study of James Arthur Boyd c.1901 Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil with highlights in white chalk Support: commercially prepared medium-weight smooth buff wove paper; sketchpad perforations lower edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: not signed or dated. Titled lower right in black pencil, 'James Arthur Boyd /(S,) Member for / Melbourne.' inscribed upper right in black pencil, '[indecipherable] / [indecipherable] acquired / Blue for eyes / Hair Brown / moustache/ Auburn'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower left by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Sketch by Tom Roberts / R H Croll / Author of the Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso upper right in ink, '4 [circled] 4'. Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, '3 9 3/4'.
Dimensions: image 30.5 h x 23.0 w cm sheet 34.9 h x 25.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 371k
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.9
  • 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. 334.
  • 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'.