Louis Buvelot, September morning, Richmond, 1866

Every morning as I go to work, I pass through this lovely place. Jealous? Although the title may suggest that it’s the Thames river in Richmond near London, it is in fact the Yarra river in Melbourne.

The painting was made when the city was just 30 years old. Over near that building, a punt crossed the river linking north and south. It’s called Punt Road now. If you click on the image below you can see people making their way up the steep hill to South Yarra. I photographed as closely as I could to the same viewpoint as the painting. Have things changed in 144 years?