Tom Roberts

and the Art of Portraiture



ISBN: 9780500500583 Category:

Julie Cotter


Dr Julie Cotter of Monash University has provided a richly detailed account of the career of Heidelberg School artist Tom Roberts that focuses on his enormous range of portrait studies. Identities portrayed include famous figures in the society and politics of the late 19th century as well as very early significant portraits of Indigenous people.

Copiously illustrated with hundreds of images covering almost the artist’s entire oeuvre of portrait paintings, with fine photography provided by many of Australia’s leading galleries and collections, this splendidly researched publication will add new insights and information into the scholarship already developed around this important figure in Australian art history. His grand painting of the ceremony proclaiming Australia’s Federation in 1901, in the Queen’s Collection, forms a powerful conclusion to the book.

Additional information

Weight 3123 g
Dimensions 24.6 x 30.3 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 December 2015
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.6 x 30.3 cm
Weight 3123 g


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Dr Julie Cotter is an Australian art historian specialising in portraiture and the work of the 19th-century Australian Impressionists.