DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Francis WOOD | Tom Roberts

WOOD, Francis
England 1871 – 1926
Tom Roberts 1910
plaster, with bronze-coloured paint
55.9 (h) x 34.0 (w) x 26.0 (d) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, gift of Tom Roberts in 1929

Francis Derwent Wood’s privately produced bust of his friend, the Australian painter Tom Roberts, is an affectionate and insightful portrait of the older artist. Roberts’ expression is alert and inquisitive and he is depicted as though momentarily turning his head to listen to or to look at something closely. Wood enhanced the liveliness of this work through his animated treatment of the surface and expressive modeling of form, particularly in the lapels and coat of his subject.

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