Born in Victoria in 1880, Dyson studied at the National Gallery School and under George Coates. He is best known as a caricaturist and cartoonist, having contributed to Melbourne 'Punch' ' the 'Clarion' 'Table Talk' Adelaide's 'Gadfly' and the 'Bulletin'. In 1910 he married Ruby Lindsay and moved to London where he worked for the 'Weekly Despatch'. He was appointed official war artist in 1916 and returned to Australia in 1926 but stayed only five years, returning to London.
The total number of works by Will Dyson offered for sale by auction since 1976 is 174, of which 140 (80%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,390 for Portrait of Hugh MccCae () sold by Leski Auctions Pty. Ltd in November 2020. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2022. Works by Will Dyson are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and a further eight major public national galleries (see list below).
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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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