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Shearing the Rams single work   art work  
Issue Details: First known date: 1888 1888
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'Tom Roberts’s Shearing the rams is a response to the nationalistic sentiment that developed in Australia during the late nineteenth century. It reflects the emergence of a national identity defined through heroic rural activity and the economic importance of the wool industry. The iconic painting is based on a number of preliminary sketches Roberts completed on the spot at Brocklesby Station, Corowa, New South Wales, in the late spring of 1888. He returned during the following two spring periods (shearing season) to work on the painting. Once completed, Shearing the rams was exhibited in the artist’s studio in Collins Street, Melbourne.' (Source : National Gallery of Victoria)

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Works about this Work

"The Bare Belled Ewe" : The Origin of "click Go the Shears" Mark Gregory , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 60 no. 9 2016; (p. 98-100)
'Abstract: The shearers' song "Click Go the Shears" and the 1890 Tom Roberts painting Shearing the Rams have much in common. Despite their present-day acceptance as cultural icons it was not always the case, particularly for the Roberts painting.' (Publication abstract)
"The Bare Belled Ewe" : The Origin of "click Go the Shears" Mark Gregory , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 60 no. 9 2016; (p. 98-100)
'Abstract: The shearers' song "Click Go the Shears" and the 1890 Tom Roberts painting Shearing the Rams have much in common. Despite their present-day acceptance as cultural icons it was not always the case, particularly for the Roberts painting.' (Publication abstract)
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