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A lord of the bush

oil on canvas
135.4 × 105.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Hahndorf, South Australia
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: HANS HEYSEN / 1908
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1908
© Hans Heysen Estate/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia

By the turn of the century, the Australian bush had become an object for nostalgia, with most people living in urban centres. In 1908 Hans Heysen staged an enormously successful exhibition in Melbourne, which established his reputation. Over the next four decades, Heysen was regarded as Australia’s pre-eminent landscape painter.