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An easterly breeze
oil on canvas
107.7 × 183.5 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: Peter Graham / 1887
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1887
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Subjects (general)
Marines and Seascapes
Subjects (specific)
bird (animal) boats cliffs coastal landscapes oceans rock (inorganic material) sailing waves (natural events)

Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1887; purchased from the artist by Agnew's (dealer), London, 18 March 1887, stock no. 4313; from where purchased, on the advice of Edward Langton and James McCulloch, for the NGV, 21 May 1887.

Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1887; Second Interchange Loan Collection of Oil Paintings and Watercolour Drawings, Adelaide 1896, no. 1.

Acquired from the artist by James Graham (former MLC), Melbourne, and, by whom donated to the National Gallery of Victoria, 1889.

Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1889, no. 279; Second Interchange Exhibition, Adelaide, 1896, cat. p. 27 (repr.); lent State Centenary Celebrations, Perth 1928–30.

From 1872 onwards Peter Graham began to exhibit large pictures of storm-lashed northern cliffs and seabirds. Reviewing this painting in 1872, the Art Journal remarked upon how: ‘In “An Easterly Breeze” ... Mr Peter Graham is quite at his best; he has done well to leave Highland cattle, for a while at least, in favour of the “deep bosom of the ocean” and its “dark unfathomed caves!”’


Though there is no label on this frame it is comparable to the W. A. Smith frame on Halsewelle’s Heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye.
A similar frame is found on Peter Graham’s After the Massacre of Glencoe (p.315.1-1) and a variant on William Hatherell The baliffs daughter of Islington (4308-3).

The painting was cleaned in 2005.

Unknown - 19th century

good original condition