Works in the database
725
Works with images
488
Works with multiple sales
83

Past Sales

Landscape, c.1921-22
Portrait of Mary Lushington Bernard D'Oyly, Wife of A. F. Bernard of Combe Raleigh, Honiton and Daughter of Sir Charles D'Oyly, Bart
Across The Yarra Valley to Kinglake

Sales by Medium

Paintings
Sold 378 works for
$19,059,342
Works on Paper
Sold 92 works for
$970,309
Prints & Graphics
Sold 28 works for
$78,600

Where to buy or sell art works by Tom Roberts

Auction Houses

Sotheby's
Sold 86 works for
$6,463,474
Christies
Sold 112 works for
$3,515,932
Deutscher and Hackett
Sold 21 works for
$3,091,922

Born in Dorchester, England. Arrived in Melbourne in 1869 and attended the National Gallery School. He went abroad for further study and returned in 1885. Roberts made his headquarters at Box Hill with McCubbin and soon attracted Streeton with the idea of impressionism, which opposed the academic style of the popular painters of the time. In 1888 Roberts and Streeton were joined by Conder and together held the first impressionist exhibition in Melbourne. The exhibition provoked the wrath of the critics, but it attracted other artists to the gospel of impressionism. In 1901 Roberts went overseas, where he exhibited at the Academy, the Salon, etc. He returned to Australia in 1923.

Tom Roberts is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1966 of 725, of which 502 (69%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $976,000 for Miss Minna Simpson (1886) sold by Sotheby's in May 2014. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Tom Roberts are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further nine major public national galleries (see list below).

Tom Roberts is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 829
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 360
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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