Thomas Tyrwitt Balcombe (1810 – 1861)

Seven watercolours and oil paintings

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, his work is of great historical significance.

VALUATION & OUTCOME:

The owner was looking for a way of selling the seven watercolours and oil paintings, including this small picture “Aborigines Fishing by Torchlight”. On their behalf, we brokered the sale of all seven, and the works sold for a remarkable total of $325,000 incl. buyer’s premium. This was a wonderful result, truly changing our client’s life.

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