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An image of Man with horse and cart by Louis Buvelot

Louis Buvelot

(Australia, Switzerland, Brazil 03 Mar 1814 – 30 May 1888)

Man with horse and cart
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour, white pastel on white paper

28.5 x 45.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated lower c., pen and brown ink "L. Buvelot - 1872".
Purchased 1982
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Swiss-born Abram-Louis Buvelot arrived in Australia in February 1865, having previously lived and worked in Paris, Rio de Janiero and briefly in Calcutta. Little is known of his early training in Switzerland or in Paris, though contact with pre-impressionist realists such as the French painter Camille Flers (1802-68) has been suggested. In Brazil Buvelot was partner in a successful photographic business. He also exhibited his paintings and lithographs there, attracting royal patronage. In Melbourne there were many patrons for his work and younger painters such as Frederick McCubbin, John Mather and John Ford Patterson accompanied him on his sketching tours. Tom Roberts held him in high regard, considering him critical to the development of a national school of landscape painting, of which Roberts was a leading member.

Bibliography (8)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. 65

Christie, Manson and Woods, Sale no. 18: Australian historical and contemporary paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, also European paintings and prints, 4-5 October 1977, Melbourne, 1977, (illus.). lot no. 13; plate no. 4

Lauraine Diggins, Selected Australian works of art (25 October - 12 November, 1982), Melbourne, 1982.

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 19 (illus.). 6

Hendrik Kolenberg, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Louis Buvelot', pg. 37-52, Sydney, 1991, front and back cover (colour illus.), 47 (colour illus.), 110. 32

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 62 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 16.

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 41 (colour illus.), 300.

Exhibition history (4)

Selected Australian works of art (25 October - 12 November, 1982), Lauraine Diggins, Australia, 25 Oct 1982–25 Nov 1982

Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986

Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991:

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005