Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) Australia

Biographical Information

Julian Rossi Ashton was born in London in 1851, the eldest of the five children of Thomas Briggs Ashton and his wife, a Florentine and daughter of an Italian count.

He studied in the West London School of Art, London and Academie Julian in Paris around 1873.

In 1878 the Melbourne newspaper owner David Syme offered him £300 p.a. to move to Australia as illustrator for the Illustrated Australian News. He became friendly with Louis Buvelot in Melbourne, and with his brother George, covered the demise of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan.

Differences with the management of the Illustrated Australian News brought about his move to a rival paper, the Australasian Sketcher, and in 1883 he accepted an offer to join the staff of the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Sydney, where after teaching at the Art Society of N.S.W. School from 1892-96, he founded the Sydney Art School.

He fought for the recognition of Australian art and artists all his life and published his autobiography at the age of 90.

He died in 1942.

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Circular Quay, Sydney 1888
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Circular Quay, Sydney 1888
Watercolour on paper, 57 x 95 cm
Australian & International Fine Art, Deutscher~Menzies, Melbourne.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings9254A$134,153 A$10,698
Works on Paper21575A$147,625 A$1,552
Prints & Graphics123A$455 N/A
Photographs11A$472 N/A

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