Superb, finely detailed views of Australia and New Zealand from its foremost landscape painter of the late 19th century.
An Austrian who trained at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, joined a gold rush in Australia, then painted the continent’s landscapes.
Trained in sciences and painting in his native Germany, he emigrated to Australia in 1850. He was a member of the Burke and Wills Expedition, but never returned.
On returning from Australia and New Zealand, he painted commissions for Queen Victoria of state occasions, before going back to views of New Zealand.
Swiss, born in Russia, settled in Britain after training in Germany, painted landscapes of Australia and New Zealand.
In the late 1880s, several painters started to work in the rural area of Heidelberg, east of Melbourne, adopting a style which later became known as Australian Impressionism.