Pre-Felton works certainly or probably donated by Fawkner
Edelinck after Turchi The Deluge {1868} NGV [PR]
Gill Ballaarat from Mount Buninyong 1855 {1868} SLV [PR]
Gill Melbourne Exhibition Buildings 1854 {1868?} SLV [PR]
* Gill Post Office, Melbourne 1856 (?) {1868} Loc? [PR]
Gill Terminus of the M.& H.B.Railway 1854 {1868} SLV [PR]
Gill Toorak. The Residence of the Lieut.Govr.of Victoria 1854 {1868?} SLV [PR]
Gill The Treasury, Melbourne 1854 {1868} SLV [PR]
Ham (T.) after Strutt (?) Opening of Prince’s Bridge 1851 {1868} SLV? [PR]
Ham (T.) Post Office, Melbourne {1868} SLV [PR]
Joubert after Webster The Playground 1865 {1868} NGV [PR]
Lemon after Le Jeune Pity 1867 {1868} NGV [PR]
Lucas after Lee River scene in Devonshire {1868} NGV [PR]
O’Brien Grand-view Park, Pascoe Vale {1868} SLV [DR]
O’Brien Melbourne in 1839 {1868} SLV [DR]
O’Brien Melbourne… 1840 {1868} SLV [WT]
O’Brien Melbourne seen from the Hospital {1868} SLV [DR]
* O’Brien View at Mr Campbell’s {1868} Loc? [DR]
O’Brien View on the Banks of the Yarra {1868} SLV [DR]
O’Brien (?) Melbourne from the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets {1868} Loc? [DR]
* O’Brien [attrib.] Residence of Captain Lonsdale {1868} Loc? [WT]
Prout 6 Views of Melbourne and Geelong 1847 {1868} SLV [PR]
Robinson after Selous Surrender of Calais {1868} NGV [PR]
Robinson after Stewart Daniel O’Connell {1868} NGV [PR]
Russell Melbourne from the Falls 1837 {by 1870} SLV [DR]
Ryall after Landseer Deer stalkers returning {1868} NGV [PR]
Strutt First Victorian Parliament, 1856 {1868} SLV [DR]
Willmore (J.) after Leitch Villa of Lucullus at Misenum 1851 {1868} NGV [PR]
* Willmore (J.) after Turner (J.M.W.) Italian Landscape {1868} Loc? [PR]

Portraits of Fawkner listed in this catalogue
Kemp John Pascoe Fawkner 1877 {1877} SLV [PA]
Summers John Pascoe Fawkner 1856 {1871} SLV [SC]
Summers John Pascoe Fawkner 1864 {1871} SLV [SC]

[photo: William Strutt: J.P.Fawkner, Esq., M.L.C. 1853. Purchased 1936. SLV (H15375)]

A rival with John Batman for the title of founder of Melbourne, Fawkner was an influential newspaper proprietor and member of parliament. He arrived in Tasmania with his family in 1803, and then in 1835 settled in Melbourne, where he developed a successful career as a hotel operator and newspaper publisher. He was a member of the first Victorian Legislative Council of Victoria (1851), and became well known as a critic of the squattocracy.

Fawkner’s patronage of the arts appears to have focussed mainly on William Strutt, as Elisabeth Findlay has emphasised recently (2014), discussing a series of portraits and other schemes dating from the 1850s.

He was also evidently a collector during the 1850s-60s. His substantial 1868 donation of works on paper, one of the largest  gifts to the Melbourne collection in the pre-Felton era, included a significant group of early views of the city, many of them still preserved in the SLV, as listed above.


See Elisabeth Findlay, “Art and Patronage in Early Colonial Melbourne: John Pascoe Fawkner and William Strutt,” LaTrobe Journal nos.93-94 (Sept.2014), pp.35-50; and (by Hugh Anderson; from ADB vol.1, 1966), focussing on his business and political career