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Works with multiple sales

Past Sales

The Station Master. Men of Service Victorian Railways Poster, No. 242
The Guard) Men of Service Victorian Railways Poster, No. 243
The Driver & the Fireman) Men of Service Victorian Railways Poster, No. 244

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Prints & Graphics
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Works on Paper
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Where to buy or sell art works by Harold Freedman

Auction Houses

Deutscher and Hackett
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Leski Auctions Pty. Ltd
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Mossgreen Auctions
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Harold Freedman was born in Caulfield, Victoria in 1915. He studied at Melbourne Technical College (RMIT) in 1929-35 and then worked as an illustrator and cartoonist in Melbourne. He was an official war artist in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1944-45 and after the war taught at RMIT from 1945 to 1967 and was a founder of the Melbourne Print Group in 1951. A painter, illustrator, cartoonist, printmaker he designed travel and destination posters and created a series of topographical Views of Melbourne for a book published in 1963. In 1973 he was appointed state artist for Victoria and in this position he created a large mural on the theme of transport for Spencer Street Railway Station (now removed). He established a state sponsored studio for young artists which taught the practices of murals and mosaics. He retained his position as state artist for Victoria until his death in 1999.

In our database, 19 works by Harold Freedman are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1978, of which 13 (68%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $51,240 for Maintenance Work on a Beaufighter sold by Deutscher and Hackett in November 2018. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2022. Works by Harold Freedman are held by the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and a further five major public national galleries (see list below).

Harold Freedman 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 442
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 231
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 311
  • 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…

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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