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, Look, 'A Buvelot Drawing in 'Australian Drawings from the Gallery's Collection'', pg. 21, Heidelberg, Feb 1998, 21 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 10, 64 (collour illus.).
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 21 (illus.). cat.no. 5