Works in the database
324
Works with images
209
Works with multiple sales
36

Past Sales

Wren's Church, 1952
Flinders Landscape
London Street Scene

Sales by Medium

Paintings
Sold 127 works for
$377,992
Works on Paper
Sold 65 works for
$74,054
Prints & Graphics
Sold 8 works for
$2,523

Where to buy or sell art works by James Cant

Auction Houses

Sotheby's
Sold 12 works for
$63,730
Deutscher~Menzies
Sold 14 works for
$56,929
Deutscher and Hackett
Sold 6 works for
$54,974

Born in Victoria in 1911, James Cant studied at the East Sydney Technical College and the Julian Ashton School before going to England in 1932. He returned to Australia in 1939. After service with the AIF during World War II, and a short period in London, he settled in Adelaide where he painted and taught art. He exhibited in several countries.

We have records of art auction sales by James Cant from 1971 and in total 324 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 200 (62%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $24,000 for Abstract with Aboriginal Motif 1947 sold by Sotheby's in April 2010. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by James Cant are held by the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and a further five major public national galleries (see list below).

James Cant 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 309
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 294
  • 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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