Golden Fleece by Tom Roberts

Golden Fleece (Shearing at Newstead) by Tom Roberts 1864

Tom Roberts (1856 – 1931), was an English-born Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School art movement, also known as Australian impressionism.

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Thomas William Roberts (8 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) Came to Australia in 1869. Studied at Melbourne Gallery Schools. Returned to London admitted to Royal Academy Schools. Back in Melbourne 1885. With Streeton and Conder established artists’ camp at Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Victoria. In 1903 returned to London for sittings from the King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904 for the painting “The First Commonwealth Parliament” (now in St. James’ Palace). Represented in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Galleries. Commissioned by Commonwealth Government to paint for Canberra Gallery a portrait of Henry Kendall.