Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek
Australia, Switzerland, Brazil
03 Mar 1814 - 30 May 1888
In spite of its humble focus on foreground and scrubby trees, 'Bacchus March, Werribee Creek' is a drawing of understated grandeur. A relatively large drawing for Buvelot, it was doubtless intended for exhibition as a finished work. The intensity of Buvelot's involvement in his subject is obvious - it is a drawing of a scene most would overlook. The drawing has a quiet mystery; the experience it gives of a curving dirt path underfoot, a mound of earth with scrub directly ahead and distant hills and grey, atmospheric sky is both absorbing and satisfying. It represents a solitary moment of reflection when seemingly unspectacular everyday experience becomes poetic and memorable.
pencil, grey wash
37.1 x 55.6 cm sight; 63.5 x 79.3 x 3.9 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "LB .6/ 1876/ ...".
Edward Stinson Bequest Fund 1997
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Themes and Variations: Australian drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, 17 Oct 2008–30 Nov 2008
Referenced in 3 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 64 (collour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 21 (illus.). cat.no. 5
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A Buvelot Drawing in 'Australian Drawings from the Gallery's Collection'', pg. 21, Heidelberg, Feb 1998, 21 (colour illus.).