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Mr Clark's Station, Deep Creek, near Keilor

oil on canvas
68.4 × 122.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed (diagonally) in red paint l.c.r.: Eug: v: Guérard / 1867
inscribed (inverted) in pencil on top edge of stretcher c.r.: (...illeg.) 6 1867 forty M(...illeg.)
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Mr and Mrs Solomon Lew and with the assistance of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, 1986
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia

Nothing escaped Eugene von Guérard’s eye as he laid out his patron’s worldly possessions for all to see: his grazing land, flocks, outbuildings, orchards, homestead and pleasure grounds. The observant eye will see workers in the paddocks and vineyard and a carriage arrive at the gates of the drive, and another parked outside the stables. At the front of the homestead we see the Clark family at leisure: three-year-old Alister – future owner of Glenara and famous Australian rosarian and daffodil breeder – presents a bouquet to his widowed father (Annie Clark had died in 1865). His younger sisters Aggie and Annie stand nearby and their elder brother, Walter John, sits alone on the verandah. Two-year-old Jessie, after whom Alister was to name one of his roses in 1915, is attended by her nurse.