William Lister Lister was born in Manly, Sydney, in 1859. He moved to Yorkshire England in 1867 and studied art at Bedford, and then France for two years. He began his working life in the drawing office of the Fairfield Engineering Works and then moved to Glasgow where he joined the St Mungo Art Club and in 1876, at the age of 17, exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. He returned to Sydney to live in 1888 and was President of Royal Art Society of N.S.W., from 1897-1941 as well as a member of the board of trustees, A.G.N.S.W., 1900-43. He exhibited with The British Empire Society of Artists, the Royal Society of Painters in Oils and the Royal Society of British Artists, London. He was celebrated in Australia mainly as a painter of large, shimmering seascapes and coastal vistas, and as a seven times winner of the Wynne Prize. He was killed in a street accident on 6 November 1943.
William Lister is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1971 of 1,127, of which 780 (69%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $50,400 for Sydney Harbour, Overlooking Taylors Bay 1912 sold by Deutscher~Menzies in February 2006. This year 18 works have been offered for sale. Works by William Lister are held by the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia and a further three 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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