Edward Combes (1830-95) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in England in 1830, Combes arrived in Australia in 1851 as a prospector, and worked as an engineer in the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. He left Australia for Paris in 1854, where he studied scientific engineering and watercolour drawing. In 1855 he was appointed engineering aide to Louis Napoleon, returning to New South Wales two years later to work in the public service as a mining engineer and surveyor. In 1872 he became a politician in the New South Wales parliament. He exhibited widely in London and Paris and was a member of the Royal Institute of Watercolour painters. Combes was on the committee of the New South Wales Academy of Art and was president of the Art Society of New South Wales. He was said to have been instrumental in convincing the government to grant 500 pounds towards the foundation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Combes died in 1895. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Coastal Scene
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Coastal Scene
Watercolour on paper, 43 x 63 cm
Quarterly Fine Art Auction, Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies), Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings21A$450 N/A
Works on Paper73A$2,160 N/A

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