Born in England in 1818, Gritten was a pupil of British artist, Clarkson Stanfield. He exhibited extensively in London, including at the Royal Academy, British Institute and the Society of British Artists. After visiting the United Sates, he arrived in Australia in 1853 and except for about three years, when he was in Tasmania, worked in Victoria from the 1850's to the 70's. He prospected for gold in the Bendigo goldfields and later worked as an artist in Melbourne, contributing to Troedel's Melbourne Album and painting views of of the city and surrounding area, that are now of historical and topographical interest. He was a founding member of the Victorian Artists Academy.
In our database, 203 works by Henry Gritten are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1967, of which 125 (62%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $294,250 for Melbourne sold by Sotheby's in May 2005. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Henry Gritten are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and a further two 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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