Charles Decimus Barraud (1822-97) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in England in 1822, Barraud was a member of a large family of artists. He was also a qualified pharmacist. He arrived in New Zealand in 1849 and though he had no formal training, he was a competent and prolific painter.

By 1852 he was exhibiting paintings and engravings in Lyttleton. He won a silver medal at the 1865 Dunedin Exhibtion.

In 1877 he produced and published, 'New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive' with 24 colour lithographs of his paintings. These were outstanding examples of New Zealand landscape painted during the early years of colonisation

Barraud was the founder of the New Zealand Fine Arts Association and the first president of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, which he held from 1889 to 1897.

Little is known of his activities in Australia, although he was believed to have lived in Sydney in 1874 and later painted in Tasmania. He died in 1897. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Highest Price:
Oil on canvas, 42 x 65 cm
Important Fine Art Auction, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings88A$201,410 N/A
Works on Paper161110A$85,496 A$13,579
Prints & Graphics2811A$597 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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