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Sketches of the Maribyrnong River
Victoria,: circa, 1850.. Pair of drawings, 165 x 255 mm. and 182 x 260 mm., both in pencil heightened in Chinese white; in fine condition, mounted. A pair of drawings of rural Victoria from the mid-nineteenth century attributed to George Gilbert.George Gilbert arrived in Melbourne in November 1841, and immediately began work as a drawing master and teacher of lithography. He was also a pioneer in the field of photography, becoming the first resident photographer in Melbourne.Gilbert held two exhibitions at the Melbourne Mechanics Institute, in 1847 and 1849. The first included topographical views in pastel of Port Phillip and the Goulburn, Barwon, Yarra and Plenty rivers, and was described in the Port Phillip Patriot as, 'decidedly the best delineation of Australian scenery yet produced, possessing the semi-tropical peculiarities of colouring in depth and tone, which the description of crayon used and manufactured by the artist (Mr Gilbert) alone can communicate'. They were also viewed and praised by the governor of Victoria.In 1851 Gilbert exhibited drawings of Melbourne and Geelong at the Victorian Industrial Society's first exhibition; these were described as 'beautiful crayon drawings' of well-known scenery in Melbourne and Geelong which were highly commended by the judges.These two sketches of the Maribyrnong River, and of the hills above the Barwon River at Geelong are very typical of Gilbert's style, and show a picturesque landscape in pre-gold rush times.
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