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Lilydale from the Hills with the Dandenongs in the distance



Eugene von Guérard

England, Australia, Germany, Austria

17 Nov 1811 - 17 Apr 1901


Eugene von Guérard, the son of an Austrian miniature painter, was trained in Rome and Düsseldorf, his father's birthplace. He accompanied his father to Italy in the late 1820s and there met the influential German painters, later known as the Nazarenes.

He arrived in Australia in 1852 and after a period in the Ballarat goldfields, settled in Melbourne where he soon established himself as a successful landscape painter. He became an esteemed figure in the art establishment of the colony, appointed curator of the National Gallery of Victoria and master of its Painting School in 1870, before his return to Düsseldorf in 1881.

Von Guérard undertook a number of commissions to paint the homesteads and properties of prosperous landowners in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia. This finely delineated drawing depicts Christmas Hills, an area first used as grazing land as early as 1842, but now an outer suburb of Melbourne.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Place where the work was made

Christmas Hills Victoria Australia



Media categories

Watercolour , Drawing

Materials used

pen and black ink, watercolour on paper


61.2 x 91.2 cm sight ; 68.2 x 98.2 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pen and black ink "... 17 December 1878. Eugene von Guérard".


Purchased 2003


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Eugene von Guérard

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 2 (colour illus., detail), 10, 65 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 27.