Born in England in 1881, John Aitken was a clergyman and artist who visited Australia for about 12 months in 1854-55. he arrived in Adelaide, then visited to Tasmania, Victoria, new South Wales and then travelled to New Zealand. While in Australia he produced an album of sketches, now held by the Mitchell library in Sydney, The album includes scenes of the Ballarat and Bendigo goldfields, landscapes, churches and residences. The album also contains 16 lithographs by S.T. Gill and two ink drawings by G. Lacy. Works by him that have been offered for sale in Australia are almost all of Dutch scenes.
The total number of works by John Aitken offered for sale by auction since 1974 is 15, of which 12 (80%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,990 for Untitled (Fishing Boats) sold by Shapiro Auctioneers in December 2001. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2008.
John Ernest Aitken is listed in the following standard biographical references:
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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