William B. Dexter (1818-60) Australia

Biographical Information

William Dexter served his apprenticeship at the Derby China Factory and was a painter of flowers, birds and figures. He lived in Paris and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851.

Dexter arrived in Sydney in 1852 on board the ship 'Bank of England'. He taught at Lyndhurst College, Glebe then went to the Bendigo Goldfields where he designed the diggers flag. In 1854 Dexter and his wife Caroline launched a Gallery of the Arts and School of Design. Sadly, this failed and the pair separated in 1857. Dexter returned to Sydney where he died in 1860.

Dexter exhibited at the first Australian Exhibition in Paris in 1855 and his work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, National Library of Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery and the Joseph Brown collection. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

'Birds Est'
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'Birds Est'
Watercolour on paper, 21.8 x 33 cm
Antiques & Fine Art (Art lots only), Cordy's, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings54A$4,080 N/A
Works on Paper199A$14,427 N/A
Photographs11A$600 N/A

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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