Tom ROBERTS, R.H. Croll [recto]; not titled [profile portrait of R. H. Croll] [verso] Enlarge 1 /2
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Tom ROBERTS

Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

R.H. Croll [recto]
not titled [profile portrait of R. H. Croll] [verso]
1920's Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: medium-weight tan wove paper; sketchbook perforations lower edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed recto lower left by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'By Tom Roberts / R H Croll / Author of the / Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso lower left by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'From one of Tom Roberts sketchbooks / R H Croll / Author of the / Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso lower right in blue ink pen, '9'. Inscirbed verso lower left in black pencil, '13 / 9 3/4'.
Dimensions: image (recto) 23.4 h x 22.4 w cm image (verso) 24.2 h x 12.8 w cm sheet 35.1 h x 25.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 643
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.10AB
Provenance:
  • 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. 339, as 'Portrait of a gentleman'.
  • 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'.