Melbourne: Hamel & Ferguson, 1867. Print. Plate II from Eugene von Guérard's Australian Landscapes 1866-68.
Gold was discovered in Beechworth, Victoria in 1852, and shortly thereafter along the Ovens River. In the same year, Austrian-born von Guerard arrived in Victoria, Australia, determined to try his luck on the goldfields. Like many, he failed as a miner, but he did produce numerous studies of goldfields life, including this image depicting men working on a sluice.
Color lithograph, signed in the plate, with the oval blind stamp for the publisher Hamel & Ferguson below the title. Image incl. text 14 x 20" on paper 19 1/2 x 26". Archivally cleaned and backed, some minor marginal splits repaired. Color tastefully enhanced. Libraries Australia ID 7744587. Item #26901