Works in the database
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Past Sales

Schooner Running for the Tide, Lyttelton Harbour 1878
Brighton Beach Christchurch, New Zealand
Percy Island (The Hole on the Rock), 1887

Sales by Medium

Sold 77 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 8 works for
Prints & Graphics
Sold 0 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by John Gibb

Auction Houses

Dunbar Sloane
Sold 23 works for
International Art Centre
Sold 35 works for
Leonard Joel
Sold 6 works for

A painter of coastal and marine subjects, John Gibb, was born in Scotland in 1831. He studied in Scotland prior to migrating to New Zealand in 1876, after 25 years as an artist painting in Scottish traditional style. He settled in Christchurch and quickly established a reputation as a painter of dramatic landscapes and seascapes, and was recognised as New Zealand's premier marine artist of the time. He also spent some years in Australia, exhibiting in Sydney at the Art Society of NSW, but later returned to New Zealand. He also exhibited in Melbourne, London and St. Louis. From 1892 until 1909 he was on the Council of the Canterbury Society of the Arts.

In our database, 138 works by John Gibb are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1980, of which 85 (62%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $85,000 for The Bealey River, West Coast Road (N.Z.) sold by Leonard Joel in November 1986. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by John Gibb are held by the Christchurch Art Gallery, Museum Of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery.

John Gibb 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 456
  • Gil Docking, with additions by Michael Gunn covering 1970-90. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd., New Zealand, 1990 Page 90
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 93
  • 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.

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…

No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.

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