George Strafford: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

George Strafford (c.1820-13 February 1896) was an Australian artist and engraver, active from 1840 to c.1860. Born in India, he moved to Australia in 1851. He is best known for his engraving View of Melbourne (1865), which was published by De Gruchy and Leigh. Under Thomas Ham he contributed to the Australian Illustrated Magazine. Strafford suffered from mental illness and was operating to Carlton Asylum, Kew Asylum and Yarra Bend Asylum. He continued to attraction at Yarra Bend, and became known as ‘the mad artist’. He died at Beechworth Asylum in Victoria.

His operate is held in the British Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.

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