Benjamin Edwin Minns (1864-1937) Australia

Biographical Information

Benjamin Edwin Minns was born N.S.W., 1864. A painter, cartoonist and illustrator, he studied in Sydney under Lucien Henry, .A. J. Daplyn and Julian Ashton).

Minns, whose early drawings appeared in the Sydney Mail, was an associate of Charles Conder, who drew for the same magazine. The freshness of colour and romantic quality of Minn's watercolours were sometimes spoiled by a tendency to be careless about the definition of edges.

He drew for the Sydney Bulletin for more than 40 years, and became known throughout Australia for his humorous outback drawings of Aborigines.

Minns visited London in 1895 and contributed drawings to Punch magazine, the Strand and the Bystander.

Minns died in 1937

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Study of a Lady Seated in Edwardian Dress with Sydney Harbour in the Background
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Study of a Lady Seated in Edwardian Dress with Sydney Harbour in the Background
Watercolour, 45 x 44 cm
The Estate of the Late Alison Hattersley, Goodmans Auctioneers, Sydney.
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Paintings2715A$28,600 N/A
Works on Paper663250A$86,250 A$2,508
Prints & Graphics8620A$1,650 A$244

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