John Peter Russell

Portrait of William Dodge Macknight, c1887, 55 x 47 cm

BACKGROUND:

The importance of this painting is hard to underestimate: it is the only known portrait of American painter Dodge Macknight in existence. It was painted by eminent Australian impressionist John Peter Russell in the same year he portrayed Vincent Van Gogh (this painting is held in the Van Gogh museum collection).

VALUATION & OUTCOME:

We represented the descendants of William Dodge Macknight in the sale of this portrait, which was located in the US.

We established the value and returned the painting to Australia, and brokered the sale through a first tier Australian auctioneer, selling it for $ 228,000 including buyer’s premium. At the time of its sale, “Portrait of William Dodge Macknight” received extensive publicity nationwide.

Subsequently, the work has been illustrated in John McDonald’s “History of Australian Art” and was exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia.

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Thomas Tyrwitt Balcombe (1810 – 1861)

BACKGROUND: Thomas Balcombe was brought up on the island of St. Helena, as his father was in charge of provisioning the supplies to the island when Napoleon was exiled there. After the family had moved to Australia, Thomas Balcombe went on to become a successful artist in colonial Australia. Today,

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Norman Lindsay (1879 – 1969)

BACKGROUND: Norman Lindsay was one of the most prolific Australian artists of the 20th century, extremely accomplished in every medium that he turned his hand to, including oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture and etchings. “Enter the Magicians” remains one of Lindsay’s most sought after limited edition etching prints. VALUATION & OUTCOME:

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