De Gruchy, Henry (1828-82; Australian), & Leigh, Stephen (details unknown), after Strafford, George (c.1820-96; English/Australian)
Melbourne, 1856
Engraving on buff paper, 28 x 41.7 cm (sheet)
Acquired by 1894
State Library of Victoria (H5251)

Described in NGV 1905 as a representation of Melbourne from the Domain, this early view shows the city in the distance, beyond the Yarra, spanned by the first Princes Bridge (erected in 1850). A flock of sheep grazes in the foreground, near one of Strafford’s characteristically spindly trees.

The contrast between this rustic image and the sense of teeming urban life in De Gruchy & Leigh Panoramic View of Melbourne, Victoria 1863 {by 1894} SLV [PR], is remarkable, given that only 7 years separated the two views.

See linked entries on De Gruchy and Strafford for further details on the artists involved.

Refs.

NGV 1894, p.117 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.64); NGV 1905, p.133 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.49) 

See SLV catalogue entry for details and reproduction as shown here