Tom Roberts, Australia 1856–1931, Shearing the rams, 1890, oil on canvas on composition board, 122.4 x 183.3 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1932
I have frequented too often the gift shops of Australian Impressionism. Back in 1985, I mooned over David Davies’ Templestowe twilight scene before purchasing the corresponding tea towel (for my mum), Fire’s On placemats with matching coasters (for my dad), and lost child mugs (for my siblings, only one of whom took offence).
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