Born in England in 1830, Combes arrived in Australia in 1851 as a prospector, and worked as an engineer in the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. He left Australia for Paris in 1854, where he studied scientific engineering and watercolour drawing. In 1855 he was appointed engineering aide to Louis Napoleon, returning to New South Wales two years later to work in the public service as a mining engineer and surveyor. In 1872 he became a politician in the New South Wales parliament. He exhibited widely in London and Paris and was a member of the Royal Institute of Watercolour painters. Combes was on the committee of the New South Wales Academy of Art and was president of the Art Society of New South Wales. He was said to have been instrumental in convincing the government to grant 500 pounds towards the foundation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
We have records of art auction sales by Edward Combes from 1980 and in total 15 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 9 (60%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,160 for Coastal Scene sold by Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies) in November 2010. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2017. Works by Edward Combes are held by the Art Gallery of NSW.
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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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