Harry Raynor was born in 1891 and studied drawing and design at the Gordon Institute from 1909-1912 and worked as a designer in an architectural practice and then as an art teacher, which he continued until his retirement in 1957. He had been sketching sailing ships moored in the port of Geelong since he was a young boy, and he continued this in his spare time. All the sales recorded in the Australian Art Sales Digest are marine paintings. But in the 1920s and '30s his interest turned to the depiction of Aboriginal people and he produced several major series of portraits and figurative studies after visiting Aboriginal reserves near Healesville and Lake Tyers in Gippsland.
The earliest auction listing we have for "Ships" Raynor is in 1983 and in total 9 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 6 (67%) were sold. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2022.
Harry ("Ships") Raynor is not listed in any of the standard biographical references listed on our references page.
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…
Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.
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