Tom ROBERTS, Untitled. Male portrait Enlarge 1 /1

Tom ROBERTS

Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Untitled. Male portrait c.1901 Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil and colour chalks Support: medium-weight faded? blue-tint 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, 'Sketch by Tom Roberts / R H Croll Author of the Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso upper left in pen and blue ink, '6' [in circle].
Dimensions: image 27.2 h x 22.8 w cm sheet 34.6 h x 25.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 371q
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.11
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. 336, 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'.