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An image of Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek by Louis Buvelot

Louis Buvelot

(Australia, Switzerland, Brazil 03 Mar 1814 – 30 May 1888)

Bacchus Marsh, Werribee Creek
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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, Look, 'A Buvelot Drawing in 'Australian Drawings from the Gallery's Collection'', pg. 21, Heidelberg, Feb 1998, 21 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 21 (illus.). 5

Exhibition history (3)

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