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Past Sales

Portrait of Te Kuha
Plan of the Gate Pa, and Breach Drawn Early on The 30th April 1864
'Old Time in New Zealand, a Carved Chief + Seagoing War Canoe'; 'An H Made Up from Maori Art Curves'; 'Maori Tiki'. (3)

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Works on Paper
Sold 89 works for
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Prints & Graphics
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Where to buy or sell art works by Horatio Gordon Robley

Auction Houses

International Art Centre
Sold 25 works for
Sold 25 works for
Dunbar Sloane
Sold 16 works for

Born on the Island of Madeira in 1840, Horatio Robley arrived in Auckland in 1864 as ensign in the 68th Durham Light Infantry. He was present at the battle of Gate Pa and other wars and made drawings of moko, paintings of war scenes and portraits of Maori chiefs. He became very interested in the Maori people and their lives, and in 1896 produced the publication Moko: Or Maori Tattooing. Robley, who left New Zealand in 1865, rose to the rank of Major General.

We have records of art auction sales by Horatio Robley from 1973 and in total 124 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 93 (75%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $16,557 for Portrait of Te Kuha sold by Dunbar Sloane in November 2005. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2021. Works by Horatio Robley are held by the Auckland Art Gallery.

Horatio Gordon Robley is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • Gil Docking, with additions by Michael Gunn covering 1970-90. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd., New Zealand, 1990 Page 43
  • McGahey, Kate. The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists Painters Printmakers Sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington, New Zealand, 2000. Page 214
  • The Find New Zealand Artists web site: a database of artist names that directs researchers to the rich resources found in New Zealand's libraries, art society exhibition histories and published sources.

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