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Home of prominent Australian artist late John Dowie sells for $2.53 million

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A work of art: Home of Australian artist John Dowie sells for $2.53 million three years after his death










A multi-million deal has been made on an Adelaide property that was the former home of famous Australian artist, John Dowie.

The Dulwich villa was put under offer earlier this year for $2.53 million and was settled in September, reports Realestate.com.au

It had been owned by the Dowie family since 1917 and it was where the late renowned painter and sculptor spent a lot of his time.  

Sold: A multi-million deal has been made on an Adelaide property that was the former home of famous Australian artist, John Dowie

Sold: A multi-million deal has been made on an Adelaide property that was the former home of famous Australian artist, John Dowie

‘We had over 200 people through the door over the two-and-a-half week campaign,’ said selling agent Penny Riggs from Klemich Real Estate. 

She states that the successful Sydney buyer was a heritage architect who planned to preserve the grand four-bedroom, two bathroom home, which includes two murals painted by Dr Dowie when he lived there. 

‘They’ll be moving in and renovating it sympathetically with the existing house,’ the agent continued. ‘They loved the murals and they definitely will be retained.’

Special: It had been owned by the Dowie family since 1917 and it was where the late renowned painter and sculptor spent a lot of his time

Special: It had been owned by the Dowie family since 1917 and it was where the late renowned painter and sculptor spent a lot of his time 

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Safe: The successful Sydney buyer was a heritage architect who planned to preserve the grand four-bedroom, two bathroom home, which includes two murals painted by Dr Dowie when he lived there

Safe: The successful Sydney buyer was a heritage architect who planned to preserve the grand four-bedroom, two bathroom home, which includes two murals painted by Dr Dowie when he lived there

Since John’s death in 2008, the property has been the home of his niece Penny Dowie for the past 13 years.

She has used her uncle’s studio by knocking down a wall that separated two bedrooms to work on her own art projects.

Ms Dowie and the rest of the Dowie family were reportedly pleased that house was being preserved by the new buyer.   

‘The vendors are thrilled that it’s going to a family who appreciates the history,’ said Riggs.

Art house: The property has been the home of Dr Dowie's niece Penny Dowie for the past 13 years. She has used her uncle's studio by knocking down a wall that separated two bedrooms to work on her own art projects

Art house: The property has been the home of Dr Dowie’s niece Penny Dowie for the past 13 years. She has used her uncle’s studio by knocking down a wall that separated two bedrooms to work on her own art projects

Dr Dowie inherited the property from his parents and worked on many of his famous paintings and sculptures in the home.

His acclaimed work can be seen around Adelaide including the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square and The Slide in Rundle Mall.

He served in World War II and was one of the Rats of Tobruk during the 1941 Siege of Tobruk in Libya. 

The artist later furthered his studies in London and Florence before returning back to Australia. 

He had lived in his Adelaide home from the age of two til the age of 93 when he passed away in 2008.   

Known for: Dr Dowie inherited the property from his parents and worked on many of his famous paintings and sculptures in the home. His acclaimed work can be seen around Adelaide including the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square and The Slide in Rundle Mall

Known for: Dr Dowie inherited the property from his parents and worked on many of his famous paintings and sculptures in the home. His acclaimed work can be seen around Adelaide including the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square and The Slide in Rundle Mall

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