Herbert Deveril was born in 1840 in Ware, England. A professional photographer and photolithographer, he was recorded working in Melbourne in the 1860s and early 1870s. He arrived in Wellington, New Zealand from Melbourne in 1873 and worked as New Zealand Government photo-lithographer and Government Photographer from 1873 to about July 1878. He opened his own studio in Wellington in 1879 but was not successful and was bankrupt in 1884. In about 1884 Deveril left Wellington for Auckland, where he is listed as a photographer until he returned to Australia in the late 1880s and died in Townsville Queensland in 1911. A series of photographs he produced for the Ministry of Works was shown by the New Zealand Government at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, the 1879 Sydney International and the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibitions.
The earliest auction listing we have for Herbert Deveril is in 2002 and in total 54 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 33 (61%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,423 for Gold Workings at the Blue Spur, Tuapeka, Otago, c1870s sold by Webb's in March 2021. This year 3 works have been offered for sale. Works by Herbert Deveril are held by the Museum Of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery.
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