O’Brien, George (1821-88; Irish/New Zealander)
Grand-view Park, Pascoe Vale
Pencil and wash on toned paper, 20 x 34 cm
Donated by John Pascoe Fawkner, 1868
State Library of Victoria (H253)

This is one of a number of works donated by Fawkner in 1868, including several drawings and watercolours of early Melbourne by O’Brien.

In the 1894 and 1905 NGV catalogues, the artist responsible for this particular drawing is not named, but O’Brien, who seems the most likely candidate, is identified as the artist in the NGV’s unpublished list of pre-1905 acquisitions (under 1868).

The work is most plausibly regarded as dating from the artist’s documented period in Melbourne from 1850 to c.1858. 

Refs.

NGV 1894, p.116 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.54); NGV 1905, p.126 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.5)