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Past Sales

View of the Knapsack Gully Viaduct, c1878
The Orphan Tower, near Katoomba, c1878
The Great Lithgow Valley, Zig Zag, c1878

Sales by Medium

Sold 73 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Nicholas Caire

Auction Houses

Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies)
Sold 18 works for
Leonard Joel
Sold 31 works for
Sold 21 works for

Nicholas John Caire was born in 1837 in Guernsey, Channel Islands. He migrated to Australia with his parents and arrived in Adelaide about 1860. He had developed an interest in photography from a young age and with help and instruction from a local photographer soon becam competent. By his late twenties he was travelling and photographing through Gippsland and in 1867 he opened a studio in Adelaide. After marrying in 1870 he and his wife moved to Talbot, near Clunes, Victoria, where he worked for the next six years. In 1876 when he bought an established studio in Collins Street, Melbourne but in 1885 he gave up his city studio and devoted the rest of his life to outdoor photography, working from his home in South Yarra.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Nicholas Caire from 1992 and in total 121 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 73 (60%) were sold. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2022. Works by Nicholas Caire are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW and a further two major public national galleries (see list below).

Nicholas Caire 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 303
  • Kerr, Joan. Dictionary of Australian Artists, Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870. Oxford University Press, Australia, 1993. Page 125
  • 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…

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

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