Study for Treasury Gardens

Abram Louis Buvelot

Study for Treasury Gardens by Abram Louis Buvelot


Abram Louis Buvelot
Study for Treasury Gardens
pencil on paper
30 x 23 cm
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See 19th Century Australian Art, M.J.M. Carter Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1993, p. 47, col. illus. of Treasury Gardens painting 1865

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Study for Treasury Gardens is a preparatory study for the painting in the Art Gallery of South Australia (Treasury Gardens 1865, oil on canvas, 40.9 x 50.9 cm), perhaps the earliest painting Buvelot completed in Melbourne. The Treasury Gardens in Melbourne were established in the 1860s and, at the time, were decorated with plaster and cement copies of Greek and Roman marble statues.

“Buvelot appears here to be grappling with the Australian vegetation. At the centre of the painting is a classical European statue, set in European-style gardens, while in the background we glimpse the Renaissance-style Treasury Building.  Buvelot tries to come to grips with the straggly Australian eucalypts seen outside the enclosed garden surrounding the marble statue.”¹

¹. Australian Colonial Art 1800 – 1900, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1995, p.92