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Panorama of Hyde Park, c.1893
Panorama of Hyde Park
Boating Party Visiting Aboriginal Camp

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Where to buy or sell art works by John Rae

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Deutscher and Hackett
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Born in Aberdeen Scotland, John Rae arrived in Australia in 1838. Rae worked in the public service, and during his working life period he had many leadership positions within the public service, retiring from the last position in 1893. Despite the demands of his busy professional life, Rae took a prominent part in Sydney's cultural activities including the Sydney Debating Society and the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts. He owned works by prominent artists of the period including G.E. Peacock, Lucy Havens, Conrad Martens and William Nicholas. An amateur photographer, he painted some panoramas of Sydney with the assistance of a pinhole camera.

Our database lists 14 works offered for sale at auction by this artist, of which 4 were sold.

John Rae is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 808
  • Kerr, Joan. Dictionary of Australian Artists, Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870. Oxford University Press, Australia, 1993. Page 653
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 357
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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