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Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916

David Low

pencil, pen and ink on paper (sheet: 36.0 cm x 17.5 cm)

Robert Henderson Croll (c.1869-1947) began contributing articles to Melbourne journals in his twenties. Claiming to have humped his swag for thousands of miles, he extolled the pleasures of bushwalking through his prose, some of which was published in The Open Road in Victoria (1928) and Along the track (1930). Croll was also involved in Melbourne's artistic circles; the breakaway Australian Artists' Society, or AAA, referenced in the title of this work included Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and others. Having published a biography of Tom Roberts in 1935, Croll edited a volume of Streeton's letters to Roberts, Smike to Bulldog (1946).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008
© Estate of David Low

Accession number: 2008.73

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.