Tom Roberts – 'Portrait of William Hay'

Tom Roberts' portrait of wealthy Riverina pastoralist William Hay was donated to Albury Regional Art Gallery in 1986 by Hay's great-granddaughter, Rosemary Borthwick. 

Roberts, a major artist of the Heidelberg School, painted and sketched members of the Hay family at Collendina Station, Corowa.

William Hay emigrated to Tasmania from Scotland in 1838 and moved to Victoria in 1846. He became a pastoralist after he purchased Boomanoomana Station (1862) and then Collendina Station (1873), both properties situated on the Murray River near Corowa.

It was at the adjacent Brocklesby Station in the spring of 1888 that Roberts began painting one of his most famous works, 'Shearing the Rams'.