In Ferntree Gully, Dandenong, Edward Roper
  • Artist
    Edward Roper
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    In Ferntree Gully, Dandenong
  • Date of Production
    c. 1867
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    39.3 x 77.7 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ferry, 1986

Edward Roper

In Ferntree Gully, Dandenong

The painter, writer and illustrator Edward Roper travelled extensively visiting Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States in the latter half of the nineteenth century.   The Australian bush and its exotic fauna and flora were still of great interest to the old world and Roper, who visited Australia at least twice between1855 and the late 1880's, produced a number of watercolours, oils, sketches and prints of various landscapes, including gold mining and the bush.

In this work the artist has captured the light falling on the ferns and the lyrebirds in a clearing but much of the remainder of the picture is painted in rich dark colours. The exotic nature of the scene is further emphasised by the bright splashes of colour that Roper has used for the darting parrots.