O’Brien, George (1821-88; Irish/New Zealander)
Melbourne seen from the front of S.W. corner of General Hospital grounds (c.1854)
Pencil and watercolour, 15.3 x 23.8 cm
Donated by John Pascoe Fawkner, 1868
State Library of Victoria (H257)

NGV 1905 gives the title as “Melbourne, about 1840, from Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, corner of the Melbourne Hospital.”

Neither the 1894 nor 1905 NGV catalogues indicate the artist responsible. However, the State Library confidently catalogue it as his work, noting that the work is signed ‘GOB’ at lower right and titled on the verso as shown above. The SLV suggest the date of c.1854.

Refs.

NGV 1894, p.119 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.83); NGV 1905, p.127 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.9)