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Past Sales

Untitled (Gathering)
Susanna without Elders
Untitled, Reclining Nude Male

Sales by Medium

Sold 56 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 24 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Wesley Penberthy

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 49 works for
Davidson Auctions
Sold 3 works for
Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers
Sold 1 works for

Born in Broken Hill in 1920, Penberthy studied at Perth Technical College and under the tutorship of Norman Lindsay. He was the first post-war rehabilitation student at the Melbourne National Gallery School. A realist painter in the European tradition, he has exhibited widely since 1940 specialising in industrial murals located in various locations around Melbourne. He was awarded the Sulman Prize in 1955 for his work Oriental Mural. In his later years he lived at Yamba in northern NSW.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Wesley Penberthy from 1972 and in total 140 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 80 (57%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $3,900 for 'The Enchanted Pilgrims' sold by Davidson Auctions in May 2020. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Wesley Penberthy are held by the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Wesley Penberthy 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 769
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 539
  • 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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