Tom ROBERTS, Studies of flags Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Studies of flags (1901) Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: medium-weight faded? blue-tinted wove paper; sketchbook perforations lower edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed upper right in black pencil, '[indecipherable]'. Inscribed verso lower right in blue ink pen, '13'. Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, '9 x 8 1/2'.
Dimensions: image 20.2 h x 16.4 w cm sheet 35.1 h x 25.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 371s
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.13
  • 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. 343, as 'Study of flags, (sketch for 'The Big Picture')'.
  • 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'.