Roberts, Tom (1856-1931)

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Roberts, Thomas William (1856-1931)
Roberts, Tom
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Thomas William (Tom) Roberts (1856-1931), artist, was born on 9 March 1856 at Dorchester, Dorset, England, elder son of Richard Roberts, journalist, and his wife Matilda Agnes Cela, née Evans. Tom was...

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One of Australia's most iconic painters, Tom Roberts was an early champion of plein-air painting and together with Frederick McCubbin, Roberts helped establish the famous painting camps around Heidelberg in Victoria.

Tom Roberts was born on 9 March 1856 in Dorchester, England, the son of a newspaper editor. In 1869, following his father’s death, the thirteen-year-old Roberts emigrated to Australia with his family. In Melbourne he worked for a photographer and, in 1873, attended weekly drawing classes at the Schools of Design at Collingwood and Carlton. He studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, from 1874 to 1880, then in 1881 he travelled to London where he attended the Royal Academy Schools from 1881-83. To help finance his studies he contributed illustrations to Graphic . In the summer of 1883 Roberts visited Spain; he met Spanish art students Laureano Barrau and Ramon Casas, who encouraged him to paint directly in front of the motif. Roberts returned to Melbourne in 1885, where he promoted plein air painting and, together with Frederick McCubbin , established the famous painting camps around Heidelberg, on the outskirts of Melbourne. He was a major instigator of the 9 × 5 Impressions Exhibition of 1889. During 1889-98 Roberts worked in Sydney around Sirius Cove and spent much of his time visiting outback stations in New South Wales, painting rural works of a national character such as Shearing the rams 1890 (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). He also established a reputation for his portraits, including those of public figures such as Sir Henry Parkes, and a series of 23 informal ...

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  • fl. c.1873 - c.1930

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  1. Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dutton
    Dutton, Geoffrey, 1922-1998
    [ Book : 1987-1989 ]
    At 68 libraries
    Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dutton
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  2. Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At 112 libraries
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  3. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    McCullough, Colleen, 1937-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2011 ]
    Languages: French;English;Vietnamese;Korean, [12 others]
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    At 115 libraries
    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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  4. Tom Roberts / Humphrey McQueen
    McQueen, Humphrey, 1942-
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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  5. Inside the world of Tom Roberts : a Ben and Gracie art adventure / Mark Wilson
    Wilson, Mark, 1949-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 54 libraries
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  6. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    McCullough, Colleen, 1937-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2011 ]
    Languages: French;English;Vietnamese;Korean, [12 others]
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    At 115 libraries
    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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  7. Tom Roberts, the man and his art / created and designed by Okko Boer in consultation with Elwyn Lynn ; editorial assistant, Kathy Bennett ; photography, John Bolton
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At 47 libraries
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  8. Paintings of Tom Roberts / with introduction and commentaries by Robert Campbell
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
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  9. Tom Roberts / Arnold Shore
    Shore, Arnold, 1897-1963
    [ Book : 1964 ]
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  10. Tom Roberts / Heather Gwilliam
    Gwilliam, Heather
    [ Book : 1999 ]
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Resources about Tom Roberts (133)

  1. Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dutton
    Dutton, Geoffrey, 1922-1998
    [ Book : 1987-1989 ]
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    Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dutton
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75.861)

  2. Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a catalogue raisonne / Helen Topliss
    Topliss, Helen, 1946-
    [ Book : 1983-1985 ]
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  3. Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At 112 libraries
    Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
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  4. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    McCullough, Colleen, 1937-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2011 ]
    Languages: French;English;Vietnamese;Korean, [12 others]
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    At 115 libraries
    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53.416)

  5. Tom Roberts / Humphrey McQueen
    McQueen, Humphrey, 1942-
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.988)

  6. Inside the world of Tom Roberts : a Ben and Gracie art adventure / Mark Wilson
    Wilson, Mark, 1949-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 54 libraries
    Inside the world of Tom Roberts : a Ben and Gracie art adventure / Mark Wilson
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.945)

  7. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    McCullough, Colleen, 1937-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2011 ]
    Languages: French;English;Vietnamese;Korean, [12 others]
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    At 115 libraries
    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41.844)

  8. Tom Roberts, the man and his art / created and designed by Okko Boer in consultation with Elwyn Lynn ; editorial assistant, Kathy Bennett ; photography, John Bolton
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At 47 libraries
    Tom Roberts, the man and his art / created and designed by Okko Boer in consultation with Elwyn Lynn ; editorial assistant, Kathy Bennett ; photography, John Bolton
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35.498)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35.498)

  9. Paintings of Tom Roberts / with introduction and commentaries by Robert Campbell
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
    At 40 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35.349)

  10. Tom Roberts / Arnold Shore
    Shore, Arnold, 1897-1963
    [ Book : 1964 ]
    At 38 libraries
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  1. Sunlight and atmosphere AUSTRALIAN PAINTERS | 6. TOM ROBERTS (1856-1931)
    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 25 April 1962 p 82 Article Illustrated
    ... AUSTRALIA JV PAINTERS By Douglas Watson Sunlight and atmosphere 6. TOM ROBERTS (1856-1931) THE ... names of Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton are frequently linked together in the Australian art world ... 381 words
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  2. BOOKS, Tom Roberts, artist, in an invaluable framework TOM ROBERTS 1856-1931. A Catalogue Raisonne. Vol I Text, Vol II Plates. By Helen Topliss. Oxford UP. Illust. $195 (set).
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 31 August 1985 p 18 Article Illustrated
    ... Tom Roberts, artist, in an invaluable framework TOM ROBERTS 18S6-1931. A Catalogue Rnisonne. Vol I ... raisonncgreatly expands information which appeared in Virginia Spate's sensitive monograph on Tom Roberts ... 906 words
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  3. ROCKHAMPTON POLICE COURT. Tuesday, November 15. Before Messrs. W. [?] (Chairman), A. [?] and F. Morgan, JJ, P, ASSAULT.
    The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1929) Saturday 19 November 1887 p 29 Article
    ... his own door,' could swear to nothing positive!? ; but Mr. Wye, who had ridden in Tom the races on the ... ; Robert James Bichardson, a carpenter, residing at Allenstown; Samuel Thomasson, a master tinemith ... 2283 words
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  1. Tom Roberts 1856-1931 : Tom Roberts exhibition : souvenir catalogue
    Lindsay, Lionel, Sir
    [ Book : 1948 ]
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  2. Tom Roberts
    Shore, Arnold,
    [ Book : 1964 ]
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  3. Friends and villains : an autobiography / Tom Roberts
    Roberts, Tom, 1905-
    [ Book : 1987-1989 ]
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  4. Blood money / Tom Bradby
    Bradby, Tom
    [ Book, Audio book : 2008-2011 ]
    At 64 libraries
    Blood money / Tom Bradby
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  1. Blood money / Tom Bradby
    Bradby, Tom
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  2. Hell west and crooked / Tom Cole
    Cole, Tom, 1906-1995
    [ Book, Audio book : 1988-2013 ]
    At 101 libraries
    Hell west and crooked / Tom Cole
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  3. Horse control and the bit / Tom Roberts
    Roberts, Tom, 1900-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1971-2001 ]
    At 44 libraries
    Horse control and the bit / Tom Roberts
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  4. Horse control - the rider / Tom Roberts
    Roberts, Tom, 1900-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1980-2004 ]
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    Horse control - the rider / Tom Roberts
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  1. Tom Robert's grave (1856 - 1931) - Christ Church, Longford (colour photo)
    State Library of Tasmania
    [ Unpublished : 1800-1999 ]
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  2. More than winning : the story of Tom Osborne / Tom Osborne ; with John E. Roberts ; introduction to the Bison Books edition by Tom Osborne
    Osborne, Tom, 1937-
    [ Unpublished : 1985-2009 ]
    More than winning : the story of Tom Osborne / Tom Osborne ; with John E. Roberts ; introduction to the Bison Books edition by Tom Osborne
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  3. Papers of Tom Uren
    Uren, Tom, 1921-
    [ Unpublished : 1941-1994 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Central America on a shoestring / Robert Reid ... [et al.]
    McCarthy, Carolyn (Carolyn Marie)
    [ Book, Map : 1992-2014 ]
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  2. The Iliad
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  3. Carrier attack Darwin 1942 : the complete guide to Australia's own Pearl Harbor / Dr Tom Lewis & Peter Ingman
    Lewis, Tom, 1958-
    [ Book, Map : 2013 ]
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    Carrier attack Darwin 1942 : the complete guide to Australia's own Pearl Harbor / Dr Tom Lewis & Peter Ingman
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  2. Website: National Library of Australia staff papers
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  3. Website: Parliamentary Education Office
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  1. Tom Roberts 1856-1931. Vols. 1-2.(Book Review)
    Burlington Magazine
    [ Article : 1986 ]
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  2. Classic painting: Tom Roberts. -Sunny South: pictorial essay-
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  3. In search of Tom Roberts
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    [ Article : 1979 ]
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  4. Documenting Tom Roberts
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    [ Article : 1985 ]
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