Tom ROBERTS | Sketch for 'Opening of Federal Parliament', 1901

Tom ROBERTS
England 1856 – Kallista 1931
Australia from 1869; England, Europe 1881- 85, 1903-23

Sketch for 'Opening of Federal Parliament', 1901 1901 oil on academy board
30.3 (h) x 45.6 (w) cm National Library of Australia, Canberra

This light-filled study depicts the moment when Australia’s first Parliament was formalised by the Duke of Cornwall and York. Commissioned by a private organisation, Roberts began painting the proceedings on a grand scale, from which a limited edition of smaller engravings would be printed and sold.

The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 9 May 1901 1903 took almost two years to complete and was presented to King Edward VII in 1903. Since 1988 it has been displayed in Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra, on permanent loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This light-filled study depicts the moment when Australia’s first Parliament was formalised by the Duke of Cornwall and York. Commissioned by a private organisation, Roberts began painting the proceedings on a grand scale, from which a limited edition of smaller engravings would be printed and sold.

The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 9 May 1901 1903 took almost two years to complete and was presented to King Edward VII in 1903. Since 1988 it has been displayed in Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra, on permanent loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This light-filled study depicts the moment when Australia’s first Parliament was formalised by the Duke of Cornwall and York. Commissioned by a private organisation, Roberts began painting the proceedings on a grand scale, from which a limited edition of smaller engravings would be printed and sold.

The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 9 May 1901 1903 took almost two years to complete and was presented to King Edward VII in 1903. Since 1988 it has been displayed in Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra, on permanent loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.




Image detail: W.C. Piguenit Near Liverpool, New South Wales c. 1908
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005