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Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Study of a male tennis player [recto]
not titled [draped female nude] [verso]
[Study, male playing tennis [recto]; Draped female nude [verso]] c.1900 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in red conté crayon [recto]; drawing in black pencil [verso] Support: medium-weight tan wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso lower right in blue ink pen, '16'. Inscribed verso upper right in black pencil, '9 3/4 x 3'.
Dimensions: image (recto) 22.2 h x 32.4 w cm image (verso) 32.5 h x 12.8 w cm sheet 25.0 h x 35.1 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 736 [recto]; 736v [verso]
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.17AB
  • 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. 346, as 'Two figures'.
  • 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'.