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Works with multiple sales

Past Sales

Landscape, N.S.W. Circa 1930s
'Farm Landscape with Storm'
'Bathing Between Rocks' 1939

Sales by Medium

Sold 37 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 1 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Herbert Frederick Kemble

Auction Houses

Elder Fine Art
Sold 2 works for
Sold 12 works for
Davidson Auctions
Sold 5 works for

Born in New Zealand in 1894, Kemble served in the New Zealand army in World War I and arrived in Sydney in 1921. He had no known formal art training, but from 1941 he worked as a commercial artist, art director and newspaper and magazine illustrator. He was a finalist in the Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize in numerous editions from 1935 to 1948, the Wynne Prize in 1939, and also had his work included in the Sulman and Blake Prize exhibitions. From 1952 he was a committee member of the Contemporary Art Society. He had several exhibitions in Sydney and exhibited in London with Royal Watercolour Society in 1958 and 1959.

The earliest auction listing we have for Herbert Kemble is in 1983 and in total 53 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 38 (72%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,760 for Landscape from Mt Dandenong, Victoria sold by Sotheby's in May 1999. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2020.

Herbert Frederick Kemble 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 570
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.
  • 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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