Tom ROBERTS, Study for 'Plink-a-plong' Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Study for 'Plink-a-plong' (1893) Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in pen and ink and black pencil Support: thin cream laid paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower right by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Sketches by Tom Roberts / R H Croll / Author of the Life of Tom Roberts'. Inscribed verso lower right in blue ink pen, '12 [circled and on side]'. Inscribed verso lower left in black pencil, '11 3/4 9'.
Dimensions: image 28.0 h x 23.0 w cm sheet 31.1 h x 24.3 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 210a
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.19
  • 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. 352, as 'Head study'.
  • 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'.