George Edwards Peacock

The South Australian Alps as first seen by Messrs. Hovell and Hume on the 8th November 1824

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This painting records the moment when explorers William Hovell and Hamilton Hume first saw the Southern Alps on their 1824 expedition from Sydney to Geelong. Hovell noted on 8 November that the view was ‘most magnificent. This was an immensely high mountain covered nearly one-fourth of the way down with snow, and the sun shining upon it gave it a most brilliant appearance.’

This painting is George Peacock’s interpretation of something that happened many years before he arrived in the colony. It was given to the Library by Hovell’s grand-daughter — presumably he commissioned it to celebrate his achievements as an explorer.

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