Milford Sound, New Zealand

Eugene von Guerard1877-1879

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.

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  • Title: Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Creator: Eugene von Guérard
  • Date Created: 1877-1879
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 99.2 x 176.0 cm stretcher; 137.5 x 213.5 x 14.0 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 1970
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., red/brown oil "J: Eugene von Guérard/ 1877.9.".
  • Object 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
  • Artist Country: England, Australia, Germany, Austria