Tom ROBERTS, Study of natives Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Study of natives c.1892 Place made: Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: medium-weight cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: not signed. not dated. inscribed upper left in black pencil, 'semo enu'.
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 upper left in black pencil, '[indecipherable]'. Inscribed upper left in black pencil, '[indecipherable]'. Inscribed verso lower left in ink, '20 [inverted]'. Inscribed verso lower left in black pencil, '16 1/2 x 10 1/2'.
Dimensions: image 8.8 h x 19.0 w cm sheet 20.0 h x 33.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 177
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.18
  • 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. 350, as 'Group of Aborigines'.
  • 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'.