An image of Milford Sound, New Zealand

Eugene von Guérard

(England, Australia, Germany, Austria 17 Nov 1811 – 17 Apr 1901)

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Other titles:
Milford Sound with Pembroke Peak and Bowen Falls on the west coast of Middle Island, New Zealand, Mitre Peak, Milford Sound. Southern Island, New Zealand
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

'Milford Sound' is ranked highly among Eugene von Guérard’s sublime Romantic interpretations of the landscape. The spectacular fiord in New Zealand’s South Island held a strong appeal for the artist. Encompassing the view to the north-west, seen from the head of Milford Sound, the painting also depicts the vessel on which von Guérard had travelled to the fiord, at anchor below Cascade Peak.

Produced in his Melbourne studio, 'Milford Sound' was worked up from numerous earlier drawings made on the spot. The painting is broadly faithful to these sketches, in accordance with an approach grounded in the principles of German Romanticism.

The richly decorated 19th-century frame was made by Isaac Whitehead, the most prominent frame-maker in Melbourne throughout the 1860s and 1870s.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Year
1877-1879
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
99.2 x 176.0 cm stretcher; 137.5 x 213.5 x 14.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., red/brown oil "J: Eugene von Guérard/ 1877.9.".
Credit
Purchased 1970
Accession number
OA1.1970