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  • Title
    Cabbage Trees near the Shoalhaven River, N.S.W., 1860 / Eugene von Guerard
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1398
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, South Wall, no. 177
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas, framed - image 47 x 74 cm in frame 83 x 109 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    This painting depicts a view of the forest at Brandy and Water Creek, with Mount Kembla in the left-hand corner. In it, von Guerard has provided a pictorial documentary of the botanical species of the area, as they were at that time, as well as evoking the density and lushness of the untouched forest. Today the painting has become important historical evidence of the original state of vegetation and appearance. When later images are compared with it, the effects of environmental change to this once extraordinary place are dramatically registered. By the late 19th century, most of the forest had been cleared and the giant 80-foot cabbage tree palms, eucalypts and ancient fig trees had been felled as coal mines and farming in the area were developed. Source: notes on ML file
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Titled from reverse

    This painting was taken to London by Major-General Edward Macarthur for exhibition at the London International Exhibition, 1862. This supports that contemporary opinion deemed this to be one of von Guerard's finest works, for display to an international audience.
    Source: notes on ML file

    Pencil drawing of the same view, entitled "Brandy and Water Creek Palm Valley Farm James Kewan 6th dec. 1859" held at DG*D 17, no. 44. Also related images in von Guerard's sketchbook, DGB 16, vol. 10, ff. 8-21 (4-18 Dec. 1859)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 866916
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed and dated at lower left
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