Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1800 John Wilson Carmichael established a painting studio in that city in 1823, and after spending some time at sea returned to England and set up his studio in London. A watercolourist and painter in oils, he was a regular exhibitor of marine works at both the Royal Academy from 1835 to 1859 and the British Institution from 1846 to 1862. His engravings of the Crimean War were published in the Illustrated London News. The National Maritime Museum, London has his very large canvas of the 1855 bombardment of the Russian fortress of Sveaborg (now in Finland) and a large pair of pictures of HM Ships Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic and New Zealand during Captain James Clarke Ross’s Southern Ocean expedition of 1839-43.
The earliest auction listing we have for John Carmichael is in 1967 and in total 15 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 8 (53%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $14,837 for Study for H. M. S. Erebus and Terror with Native Craft in New Zealand c. 1847 sold by International Art Centre in July 2004. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2021. Works by John Carmichael are held by the Ian Potter Museum of Art, National Gallery of Victoria 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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