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Works with multiple sales

Past Sales

End of the Trams 1933
Sketch for 'V.E. Day Celebrations, Canberra,' 9/5/(19)45
Sewing Uniforms: War and Munitions Factories, Melbourne, 1940

Sales by Medium

Works on Paper
Sold 76 works for
Sold 8 works for
Prints & Graphics
Sold 15 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Robert Emerson Curtis

Auction Houses

Davidson Auctions
Sold 17 works for
Sold 22 works for
GFL Fine Art
Sold 7 works for

Born in England in 1898, Robert Curtis was educated in England and Chile prior to his arrival in Australia in 1914. He later attended art institutes in San Francisco and Chicago. An official war artist, he is best known for his industrial and architectural subjects. He has published several books including a book of lithographs illustrating the construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The total number of works by Robert Curtis offered for sale by auction since 1984 is 155, of which 99 (64%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $4,025 for Building the Opera House sold by GFL Fine Art in December 2020. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Robert Curtis are held by the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).

Robert Emerson Curtis 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 361
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 154
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 301
  • 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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