Tom ROBERTS, H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall and York Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall and York 1901 Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: commercially prepared medium-weight smooth blue-flecked grey wove paper; sketchpad perforations lower edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: not signed. not titled. inscribed and dated lower right in black pencil, 'Govt. House / Sydney / 1901'. inscribed centre in black pencil, 'Dia / Pearls'. inscribed centre right in black pencil, 'Pearls'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower right by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'H.R.H The Duchess of Cornwall and York / (Later Queen Mary) / Sketched by Tom Roberts 1901'. Inscribed verso lower right in pen and black ink, '3 [circled]'. Inscribed versolower right in black pencil, '13 x 9 3/4'.
Dimensions: image 31.8 h x 17.0 w cm sheet 35.1 h x 25.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 371c
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.14
  • 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. 333.
  • 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'.