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date: 21 October 2019

Guérard, Eugene [Eugen; Eugène] vonlocked

(b Vienna, Nov 7, 1811; d London, April 17, 1901).
  • Janet Spens

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(b Vienna, Nov 7, 1811; d London, April 17, 1901).

Austrian painter, draughtsman and lithographer, active in Australia. He was the son of Bernhard von Guérard (d 1836), a miniaturist who was court painter in Vienna to Francis II (reg 1792–1806). In 1826 he left with his father for Italy, and from 1830 he studied for a period in Rome. In 1832 they went to Naples and travelled extensively in southern Italy. After his father’s death, he returned to Germany in 1838 and studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1839/40 to 1845/6, including landscape classes under Johan Wilhelm Schirmer. Sometime before 1852 he travelled to London; while there he succumbed to the lure of the Victorian Gold Rush, the subject of much excitement in England, and in 1852 he emigrated to Australia. He recorded his goldfield experiences of 1853–4 in a series of sketches (Ballarat, F.A.Gal.) and years later produced an important painting, ...

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