Thomas Robertson ( 1819 – 1875)
“Aurora Navigating the Ice Flows” 1857
Oil on canvas
69 x 102 cm
Signed & dated lower left: “T Robertson 1857′

Private collection, Melbourne, c. 1920
Thence by descent
Sotheby’s Melbourne, 21st August 1995, cat. no. 64
Private collection

Thomas Robertson (1819 – 1875) combined his career as a painter with that of captaining the ship Lady Bird, operating between Launceston and Melbourne during the 1850s. In 1856 he was described by The Hobart Town Courier as ‘one of the best marine painters in the Australian colonies’1 This painting depicts the barque Aurora rounding Cape Horn following its journey from Southhampton to Port Adelaide in 1856, under Captain Valentine Ryan.

1. Kerr, J (1992), Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

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