Born in England in about 1819, Thomas Robertson was a sailor and marine painter. By the early 1850s he had settled and was working in Melbourne, where he exhibited his art. He was a committee member of the Victorian Fine Arts Society, where he exhibited. He sailed regularly between Melbourne and Launceston, and later lived at Otago in New Zealand where he also worked and exhibited. Robertson's work is represented at the Mitchell Library in Sydney and several New Zealand collections.
The earliest auction listing we have for Tom Robertson is in 1978 and in total 13 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 8 (62%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $32,385 for A Dismasted Sailing Ship Under Tow at The sold by Webb's in December 2009. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2021. Works by Tom Robertson are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Queensland Art Gallery.
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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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