Kyabram Free Press

At the races

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This framed print of The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day is held in the Kyabram Historical Society Library and is now on display in the Kyabram Library/shire complex.

It is an extremely detailed painting by Carl Kahler in 1887, which certainly depicts the fashions of the time.

Kahler was born in Austria in 1856 and trained in Munich, Paris and Italy. He arrived in Melbourne from London in 1885, and establishe­d a successful portrait practice. He is best remembered for three major paintings in Melbourne – The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day (1887), The Derby Day at Flemington (1888-1889) and The Betting Ring at Flemington (1889), which are all owned by the

Victoria Racing Club.

The key to the promenadin­g racegoers in this print names 73 individual­s including the governors of NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Kahler’s paintings were highly praised in the newspapers, and they were soon reproduced as prints by the famous firm of Goupil in Paris.

In 1890 Kahler left Australia for New Zealand and then travelled on to San Francisco. It was in San Francisco where he was killed in the earthquake of April 18, 1906.

 ?? ?? Cup Day 1887: This Melbourne Cup display is currently in the Kyabram Library.
Cup Day 1887: This Melbourne Cup display is currently in the Kyabram Library.

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