Tom ROBERTS, Study of a carthorse and detail of a man Enlarge 1 /1


Dorchester, England 1856 – Kallista, Victoria, Australia 1931

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

Study of a carthorse and detail of a man 1920's Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil Support: thin cream wove paper; sketchbook perforations left edge
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: not signed. not dated. inscribed lower centre in black pencil, 'Too thick'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed lower left by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'By Tom Roberts / From a sketch book / RHC'. Inscribed verso lower left in ink, '15'.
Dimensions: image 7.8 h x 13.8 w cm sheet 12.7 h x 21.9 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Topliss (1985), 755
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.485.20
  • 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. 356, 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'.