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Eugène von Guérard Ferntree or Dobson’s Gully, Dandenong Ranges 1858

Eugene von GUÉRARD
Ferntree or Dobson's Gully, Dandenong Ranges 1858

In 1852 Eugène von Guérard came from Germany to make his fortune on the Victorian goldfields, an unsuccessful venture that soon saw him return to his artistic profession. Within a few years, von Guérard became one of Australia’s greatest colonial artists. This drawing of Ferntree Gully is one of a group of works commissioned by John Bakewell in 1858 as a memento of Australian scenery. While they often show the influence of picturesque and Romantic conventions, von Guérard’s works are detailed and accurate representations of vegetation, geological formations and weather patterns.