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Stoneleigh, Beaufort near Ararat, Victoria 1866

By Eugene von Guérard

Eugene von Guérard produced a series of celebrated Western District property paintings, usually commissioned for landowners as a statement of possession. In this case, Stoneleigh was owned by William Lewis. The Lewis family were successful sheep breeders and graziers in the Western district area.

The majestic expanse of sky, the space and the light are the dramatic elements in the work, overwhelming the fanciful motif of an Arcadian shepherd in the foreground, playing his pipe to the sheep. The natural grandeur of the scene is reinforced by the clear, bright, high-toned palette.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
DG 231
Published date:
1866
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Sponsorship:

Sponsored by Dr Charles Barnes

Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Monday, 1 January 1866
Finished Monday, 31 December 1866
Started Monday, 1 January 1866
Finished Monday, 31 December 1866