Designs of R.A. Lawson
George O’Brien
Donated by Miss Ida Lawson, 1926

After training as an architectural draughtsman and engineer, Irishman George O’Brien went to Melbourne. From 1851 he is found working as a draughtsman, architect and surveyor. In 1853 O’Brien married Jane Mashford at St James’ Church, Melbourne. His art won him a gold medal for the best watercolour painting at the 8th annual Victorian Industrial Society exhibition in 1858. By 1863 O’Brien was in Dunedin and in 1864 is known to have been working for the Town Board. In 1876 he exhibited twenty-eight works at the inaugural Otago Art Society exhibition. The museum holds more than 30 O’Brien works. George O’Brien died in Dunedin in 1888.
George O'Brien
Production Date
1,095 (h) x 1,615 (w) x 35 (d) mm (framed)
(note: depth including hooks is 50mm)