A’Beckett, Edward (1844-1922; Australian)
Hamilton Hume 1881
Oil on canvas, 140 x 110 cm (sight; framed)
Presented by Miss Mary Hume Barbour, 1881; transferred from the NGV to the SLV, 1951
State Library of Victoria (H141880)

Hume (1797-1873), born near Parramatta, showed an early taste for exploring. In 1824, he and William Hovell led an expedition to south-eastern Australia, reaching Corio Bay, and in 1828 he joined Sturt’s first trip into the interior; later, he became a successful pastoralist at Yass.

For A’Beckett, refer artist entry; and for Hovell, see * Summers (Charles) Captain W.H.Hovell {1871} Loc? [SC].


AR 1881, p.55; NGV 1894, p.125 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 8thbay, no.7); NGV 1905, p.146 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 7th bay, no.11) 

The SLV catalogue notes the transfer of this work from the NGV in 1951. For Hamilton Hume, see the biography by Stuart Hume, in ADB vol.1 (1966): http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hume-hamilton-2211