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The Windmill
Barges Rotterdam
Untitled (Fishing Boats)

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Sold 12 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by John Ernest Aitken

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 7 works for
Shapiro Auctioneers
Sold 1 works for
Dunbar Sloane
Sold 1 works for

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:

  • Kerr, Joan. Dictionary of Australian Artists, Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870. Oxford University Press, Australia, 1993. Page 8
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 277
  • 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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