WASHING DAY, KALLISTA,
In sharp contrast to his works of strong masculine labour, this work by Tom Roberts is a gentle, domestic subject, handled with great sensitivity. It depicts his wife, Lillie, in their garden at ‘Talisman’, Kallista, hanging out the family washing. The view is northerly, towards Olinda, with Monbulk to the far right. ‘Talisman’, was built on half an acre of land, which had been part of an old orchard, belonging to Thomas G. Royle. Building of ‘Talisman’ began on Monday, 14th May, 1923, and Tom and Lillie spent their first night in ‘Talisman’ on Friday, 14th September, 1923.
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.