View of Ballarat, across Lake Wendouree, Knut Bull
    Knut Bull
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    View of Ballarat, across Lake Wendouree
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    665 x 1135 mm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest Fund and the Ferry Foundation, 1991

Knut Bull

View of Ballarat, across Lake Wendouree

The Norwegian painter, teacher and photographer Knut Bull, who trained in Copenhagen and Germany, went to London in 1845 and was subsequently arrested, tried and sentenced to 14 years transportation to Australian for his involvement in the forgery of a 100 pound note. Granted a conditional pardon in 1853, Bull left Hobart in 1856 and settled briefly in Victoria before moving on to New South Wales.

This painting by Knut Bull, who was best known for his romantic landscapes, is the earliest extant view from the Botanic Gardens to Mount Warrenheip across Lake Wendouree which was created in 1856 by the damming of Gnarr Creek and Yuille Swamp. Identifiable buildings other than houses from left to right include the Primitive Methodist Church built in 1864 but no longer standing, the flour mill which was one of several that were operating in the area in 1865; two gold mines, boathouses, Nazareth House and the former Benevolent Asylum.

This painting originally formed part of a pair that belonged to William Little who was a Mayor of Ballarat in the late nineteenth century. The other work - the present whereabouts of which is unknown - was a view looking westwards from the opposite side of the city.