Portrait taken c.1920-1925
|Born||9 March 1856
Dorchester, Dorset, England
|Died||14 September 1931 (aged 75)
'Talisman' in Kallista
|Resting place||Illawarra churchyard, near Longford, Tasmania|
|Other names||Nickname Bulldog|
|Spouse||Elizabeth (Lillie) Williamson (m. 1896–1928)
Jean Boyes (m. 1928–1931)
|Parents||(Father) Richard Roberts (Mother) Matilda|
Roberts parents were newspaper editors. The family moved to Australia in 1869. They lived in Collingwood. He worked as a photographer's assistant through the 1870s. He studied art at night under Louis Buvelot. He became friends with Frederick McCubbin. He returned to England for three years of full-time art study at the Royal Academy Schools from 1881 to 1884.
Through the 1880s and 1890s he worked in Victoria. He married 35 year old Elizabeth (Lillie) Williamson in 1896. They had a son, Caleb. Many of his most famous paintings come from this period.
Roberts painted a lot of fine oil landscapes and portraits. His most famous works, in his time, were two large works, Shearing the Rams and The Big Picture. Roberts had a theme of showing country people working. Many examples of Roberts' work can be seen at the National Gallery of Australia. The Big Picture is at Parliament House, Canberra.
'A quiet day on Darebin Creek' (1885)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Tom Roberts|
- Topliss, Helen. "Roberts, Thomas William (Tom) (1856 - 1931)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110419b.htm. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
- ToplisslA Catalolgue Raisonne Volumes I and II (1985lkml). Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 544 pages. ISBN 0195545133.