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On the banks of the Yarra, Victoria



Louis Buvelot

Australia, Switzerland, Brazil

03 Mar 1814 - 30 May 1888


This work was purchased from the auction of Charles S. Bennett's collection of pictures by Arthur Streeton, who acted for the Gallery. Streeton wrote about the purchase: 'concentrating upon a watercolour which looked to me the best example of his work (their were several) I bid 1 pound over another buyer and secured it for your Gallery for 28 guineas. Its characteristic of his work and looked simple and freer in execution than others: There was not what one would call a first rate example and I don' think one of his finest would be obtainable for 50 guineas. However, I sincerely trust that the example for the smaller figure will not cause dissatisfaction among Gallery visitors, who may expect in Buvelot the simple directness seen in Herbert and Heysen watercolours.'


Other Title

On banks of Yarra



Media category


Materials used

pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour


25.3 x 35.2 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, "L. Buvelot". Not dated.


Purchased 1930


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Louis Buvelot

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. 12; not paginated

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 668 [Gallery No. 5]; not paginated

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 53 (colour illus.). 15

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 12. watercolours 2; titled 'On the banks of Yarra'

Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, One hundred years of Australian art, Sydney, circa 1945. 5