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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

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  • Details

    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
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    Eugene von Guérard

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  • About

    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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Eugene von Guérard

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