DETAIL : Jeffrey SMART  born 1921 'Wallaroo' 1951  oil on plywood NGA 1959.17  � Jeffrey Smart
Louis BUVELOT | 'Mount Fyans' homestead

Switzerland 1814 – Australia 1888
France 1834; Brazil 1835-51; Switzerland 1852-53; India 1854; Switzerland 1855-64; Australia from 1865
'Mount Fyans' homestead 1869
oil on canvas
58.6 (h) x 95.3 (w) cm
frame 84.2 (h) x 119.5 (w) x 9.0 (d) cm
From the James Fairfax collection, gift of Bridgestar Pty Ltd 1993
NGA 1993.550
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Colonial artists such as Eugene von Guérard, Nicholas Chevalier and Louis Buvelot received many commissions for ‘homestead portraits’. These commissions were generally paintings of properties owned by prosperous graziers who were naturally keen to display the results of their hard labours on the land.

Located north of Camperdown in Victoria’s Western District, ‘Mount Fyans’ homestead was commissioned by brothers William and John Cumming whose father had come to Australia from Scotland. The Cumming family purchased the original property of Mount Fyans in 1856.1 Buvelot has depicted the homestead at the heart of this picture, flanked by tall trees and surrounded by lush pastures with grazing sheep and cattle.

A companion painting to this work, ‘Mount Fyans’ woolshed 1869, was also commissioned by the family and painted by Buvelot. The work is held in the National Collection.

1 W. H. Cumming, Cumming: from Aberdeen to Hobart, and across to Mount Fyans, unpublished family history given to Beatrice Gralton in 2006 by Bill Cumming, pp. 32, 65.