Eugene von Guérard
View of Geelong 1856
oil on canvas
Geelong Gallery
Purchased through the Geelong Art Gallery Foundation with the generous support of the Victorian Government, the Australian Government, the City of Greater Geelong and numerous community and other donors, 2006

Eugène von Guérard—View of Geelong

In July 2006, Eugène von Guérard’s masterpiece, View of Geelong, was finally secured for Geelong Gallery’s permanent collection following a widely publicised and passionately supported public appeal for funds. With major grants from all levels of government, the philanthropic and corporate sectors and numerous private donors, the purchase of the painting through Christie’s—acting for the vendor, the English composer, Lord Lloyd-Webber—returned to Australia a work of art long acknowledged as an iconic image of Australia’s colonial era, and a supremely significant item of national and regional cultural heritage.