Ryan was born in London in 1864 and arrived in New Zealand about 1866. During the 1880s he was one of the outstanding rugby footballers in New Zealand, and also a talented cricketer. In the 1890s he studied at the Academie Julian, Paris for three years being a fellow student with C. F. Goldie. Working mainly in watercolours, he was well known for his Maori portraits, landscapes and seascapes. Ryan lived on the Great Barrier Island in the 1920's.
We have records of art auction sales by Darby Ryan from 1979 and in total 130 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 82 (63%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $8,786 for Te Huriwa - A Tohunga of the Tuwharetoa Tribe sold by International Art Centre in March 2008. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Darby Ryan are held by the Museum Of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery.
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