Tom ROBERTS | Sketch portrait - Senator J.T. Walker

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

Sketch portrait - Senator J.T. Walker Study for 'The opening of the first Parliament of the Commonwealth, 9th May 1901' 1901 oil on canvas mounted on cardboard on canvas subsequently mounted on cardboard
9.2 (h) x 7.9 (w) cm
signed and dated lower left in oil, 'T. R 1901' inscribed lower left centre in oil, 'J.T./ Walker' National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1976.566 Purchased 1976

Scottish-born banker, J.T. Walker was elected as one of the first six Australian senators to represent New South Wales in the first Federal Parliament. He was returned to office over four elections until his retirement from politics in 1913.

This lively sketch is one of the many individual portraits that Tom Roberts completed in preparation for ‘the big picture’. Roberts travelled widely within Australia before departing for London to request sittings with several of the city’s dignitaries, principally the Duke of Cornwall and York.

Scottish-born banker, J.T. Walker was elected as one of the first six Australian senators to represent New South Wales in the first Federal Parliament. He was returned to office over four elections until his retirement from politics in 1913.

This lively sketch is one of the many individual portraits that Tom Roberts completed in preparation for ‘the big picture’. Roberts travelled widely within Australia before departing for London to request sittings with several of the city’s dignitaries, principally the Duke of Cornwall and York.

Scottish-born banker, J.T. Walker was elected as one of the first six Australian senators to represent New South Wales in the first Federal Parliament. He was returned to office over four elections until his retirement from politics in 1913.

This lively sketch is one of the many individual portraits that Tom Roberts completed in preparation for ‘the big picture’. Roberts travelled widely within Australia before departing for London to request sittings with several of the city’s dignitaries, principally the Duke of Cornwall and York.




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