Arturo Steffani (c1852-1931) Australia

Biographical Information

Born Arthur Stevens born in England circa 1852 – “an aristocratic Englishman” – Stevens Italinised his name for professional reasons (see article in Australian press 2 November 1935 and also Freeman’s Journal 3 September 1898)

He studied art as a student in South Kensington but also took up singing, and studied in Milan and sang in London – “Mr Gye Covent Garden Opera Company” (Illustrated Sydney News 14 November 1889).

Stevens arrived in Victoria (likely) March 1877 aboard the vessel “Assam”. He was listed as an “adult” and does not appear to have been accompanied. In Australia he sang with the Sam Lazar Italian Opera Company, and continued to sing for about 3 years after arriving in Australia.

He later became a singing teacher in Sydney, and also continued to paint and exhibit with the Art Society of NSW, where he was on committee for several years.

In August 1898 Steffani and his wife left for Europe with the young Queensland singer, Florence Mary Schmidt (later married to the sculptor Derwent Wood) who Steffani had tutored. They spent time and Florence studied in Italy, Paris and London.

Steffani and his wife returned to Australia in 1902 but then returned to London several years later.

Steffani died in London in March 1931 at the age of 79.

[Research by Col Fullagar, 12/12/2016] Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Palm Beach North & Kilcare
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Palm Beach North & Kilcare
Oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm
Australian & International Art, Davidson Auctions, Sydney.
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NSW. Landscape
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NSW. Landscape
Oil on canvas, 12 x 22 cm
The Diana Cameron Collection and a Private Collection, Mossgreen Auctions, Hobart.
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Feeding Time
Oil on canvas, 47 x 32 cm
Australian Paintings, Leonard Joel, Melbourne.
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The Hawkesbury River
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The Hawkesbury River
Watercolour on card, 33 x 50 cm
Estate of Lewis Morley, Davidson Auctions, Sydney.
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The Headland
Oil on canvas, 34 x 68 cm
Australian and European Paintings, Leonard Joel, Melbourne.
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