Roberts, Tom (1856-1931)

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Roberts, Thomas William (1856-1931)
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Artist; 9002; artist; Photographer; Printmaker; Sculptor; Cartoonist / Illustrator; Draughtsman; Painter; 8401; Hospital orderly
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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 catalogue raisonne / Helen Topliss
    Topliss, Helen, 1946-
    [ Book : 1983-1985 ]
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  2. Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a biographical sketch by Geoffrey Dutton
    Dutton, Geoffrey, 1922-1998
    [ Book : 1987-1989 ]
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  3. Inside the world of Tom Roberts : a Ben and Gracie art adventure / Mark Wilson
    Wilson, Mark, 1949-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
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  4. Tom Roberts / Humphrey McQueen
    McQueen, Humphrey, 1942-
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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  5. Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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  6. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    Plant, Margaret, 1940-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French;Vietnamese;Korean, [13 others]
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    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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  7. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French;Vietnamese;Korean, [13 others]
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  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 45 libraries
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  9. Paintings of Tom Roberts / with introduction and commentaries by Robert Campbell
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
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  10. Tom Roberts / Heather Gwilliam
    Gwilliam, Heather
    [ Book : 1999 ]
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  1. Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a catalogue raisonne / Helen Topliss
    Topliss, Helen, 1946-
    [ Book : 1983-1985 ]
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    Tom Roberts, 1856-1931 : a catalogue raisonne / Helen Topliss
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91.883)

  2. 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: 81.379)

  3. Inside the world of Tom Roberts : a Ben and Gracie art adventure / Mark Wilson
    Wilson, Mark, 1949-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
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    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: 61.552)

  4. Tom Roberts / Humphrey McQueen
    McQueen, Humphrey, 1942-
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 57.316)

  5. Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1996 ]
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    Tom Roberts / selected and co-ordinated by Ron Radford
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  6. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French;Vietnamese;Korean, [13 others]
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    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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  7. Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
    Plant, Margaret, 1940-
    Art and Australia
    [ Book, Article : 1900-2012 ]
    Languages: English;French;Vietnamese;Korean, [13 others]
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    Tom Roberts / [by] Virginia Spate ; Editorial consultant, John Henshaw
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49.23)

  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 ]
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    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
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.29)

  9. Paintings of Tom Roberts / with introduction and commentaries by Robert Campbell
    Roberts, Tom, 1856-1931
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 43.26)

  10. Tom Roberts / Heather Gwilliam
    Gwilliam, Heather
    [ Book : 1999 ]
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  1. Roberts, Tom (1900-)
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  3. Roberts, William Francis
    Artist; 9002; Photographer; co-proprietor of a photographic studio; 6991
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  1. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
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  2. Website: Adelaide Central School of Art
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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-
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    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. The night before Christmas / Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Mary Engelbreit
    Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863
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    [ Book, Audio book, Article : 1848-2015 ]
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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
    ... AUSTRALIAN   PAINTERS By Douglas Watson Sunlight and atmosphere 6. TOM ROBERTS (1856-1931) THE ... Dorchester, 'England, in 1856. He was 12 years old when he arrived in Aus-tralia with his widowed mother ... 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 Raisonne. Vol I ... greatly ex pands information which appeared in Virginia Spate's sensitive monograph on Tom Roberts ... 906 words
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  3. Tom Roberts' Paintings: Sydney Show (By Our Art Critic.)
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 10 November 1947 p 7 Article
    ... Tom Roberts9 I Paintings: Sydney Show -t (By Our Art Critic.) Tom Roberts (1856-1931) is one of the ... their art subsided with it. Although the paintings of Roberts in this most uneven show have clarity ... 376 words
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  1. Tom Roberts
    Tom Roberts
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  2. tom bruce
    tom bruce
    Created by christopher65, 90 items.

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  3. Medlin, Tom b1905
    Medlin, Tom b1905
    Created by pmm57, 35 items.

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  1. Tom Roberts 1856-1931 : Tom Roberts exhibition : souvenir catalogue
    Lindsay, Lionel, Sir
    [ Book : 1948 ]
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  2. Blood money / Tom Bradby
    Bradby, Tom
    [ Book, Audio book : 2008-2011 ]
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  3. Hell west and crooked / Tom Cole
    Cole, Tom, 1906-1995
    [ Book, Audio book : 1988-2013 ]
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  4. Macbeth / William Shakespeare
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    [ Book, Audio book, Microform : 1597-2015 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Japanese;Italian, [26 others]
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    At 236 libraries
    Macbeth / William Shakespeare
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  1. Blood money / Tom Bradby
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  2. Hell west and crooked / Tom Cole
    Cole, Tom, 1906-1995
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  3. Macbeth / William Shakespeare
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  4. Horse control and the bit / Tom Roberts
    Roberts, Tom, 1900-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1971-2001 ]
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  1. The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
    Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
    [ Book, Audio book : 1876-2014 ]
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    The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
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  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
    Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
    [ Book, Audio book, Article : 1884-2015 ]
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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
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  3. Will we be disappointed - after ? : Tom Roberts' War diaries / Tom Roberts ; editor: Pat Roberts
    Roberts, Tom, 1900-
    [ Book, Map : 1995 ]
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  1. Tom Roberts 1856-1931. Vols. 1-2.(Book Review)
    Burlington Magazine
    [ Article : 1986 ]
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  2. In search of Tom Roberts
    MacKinnon, Marsali
    Australian
    [ Article : 1979 ]
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  3. Documenting Tom Roberts
    McQueen, Humphrey
    Meanjin (Melbourne)
    [ Article : 1985 ]
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  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
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  1. Lands Department Notices. PROCLAMATION UNDER RESERVATION IN A CERTAIN CROWN GRANT AT TOM UGLY'S POINT.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 21 October 1932 [Issue No.151] p 3859

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    ... Lands Department Notices. PROCLAMATION UNDER RESERVATION IN A CERTAIN CROWN GRANT AT TOM UGLY ... Lachlan Macquarie • as such Governor duly granted unto Doctor Robert Townson his heirs and assigns 75 ... 689 words
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  2. TOM EARL PRODUCTIONS PTY LIMITED.—COURT SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT.—NOTICE TO CREDITORS.—All
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 15 September 1972 [Issue No.98] p 3794

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    ... TOM EARL PRODUCTIONS PTY LIMITED.—Court Scheme of Arrangement.—Notice to Creditors.—All proof of ... debts must be lodged at Robert F. McNally & Associates, 367 Kent Street, Sydney, by the 20th September ... 59 words
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  3. IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Division.—The estate of TOM NICOLSON PEARCE
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 3 May 1974 [Issue No.50] p 1714

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    ... IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Division.—The estate of TOM NICOLSON PEARCE ... Trustee Act, 1925-1942, Clive Nicolson Dougherty and Robert Watson Cruickshank, the executors of the ... 200 words
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