One of his finest, most sensitive portraits, Roberts' 'Portrait of Florence' was one of a number of paintings that were inspired by pretty women and a delight in the decorative fashions of the day. Florence Greaves was a painter and former pupil of Roberts, whose father W.A.B. Greaves owned Newbold Station (north of Grafton, New South Wales) where Roberts painted 'A mountain muster' 1897.

While highlighting Roberts’ ability to position and light his subjects to best advantage – a skill he had acquired during his time as a studio photographer – the delicate palette, particular attention to flesh colour and use of black, reveal influences from Whistler and Velásquez that Roberts had absorbed during his visit to England and the continent in 1882-1884.


  • Title: Portrait of Florence
  • Creator: Tom Roberts
  • Date Created: circa 1898
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 66.6 x 38.7 cm stretcher; 95.0 X 68.0 x 5.5 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Bequest of Florence Turner Blake 1959
  • Medium: oil on canvas on paperboard
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Florence Greaves
  • Artist Country: England, Australia

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