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.
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