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An image of At Lilydale by Louis Buvelot

Louis Buvelot

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

At Lilydale
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

76.1 x 101.6 cm stretcher; 103.0 x 127.8 x 9.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "L.Buvelot./ 1870".
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1990
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

An established photographer, painter and lithographer, Louis Buvelot arrived in Melbourne in 1865 and quickly found buyers for his tranquil pastoral scenes, inspired by Dutch 17th-century landscape painting and the French Barbizon school. Finding subjects in the environs of Melbourne, he led sketching tours with fellow plein-air painters Frederick McCubbin and John Ford Paterson. 'At Lilydale' depicts one of the artist’s favourite painting spots near the Yarra Valley, and is imbued with a gentle serenity in which nature and man are, seemingly, in perfect harmony.

This original frame is attributed to the prominent 19th-century Melbourne workshop of Isaac Whitehead.

Bibliography (10)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Edmund Capon, 10 Masterpieces of Australian Painting, Sydney, 1993, (colour illus.).

Raymond F Henderson, From Jolimont to Yering and along our Yarra Valleys with Neuchatel's bachelor vignerons, Melbourne, 2006, 142 (colour illus.). plate no. 6.18

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 108 (colour illus.).

Sandra Jane, Art is ... making, creating and appreciating 2, Milton, 1999, 217 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Art treasures: candidate citites for the 2000 Olympic Games: Beijing, Berlin, Brasilia, Istanbul, Manchester, Sydney, 'At Lilydale', pg. 164, Lausanne, 1993, 164, 165 (colour illus.). 3 Sydney

Hendrik Kolenberg, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Louis Buvelot', pg. 37-52, Sydney, 1991, 43 (colour illus.), 110. 29

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 12 (colour illus.).

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 40 (colour illus.), 300.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Christie's Australia - Australian pictures, sculpture and Pottery. Melbourne, 30 July 1990, South Yarra, Jul 1990, front cover (colour illus., detail), 57 (colour illus.). 141

Exhibition history (4)

Christie's Melbourne: Australian pictures, Sculpture and Pottery (1990), Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., South Yarra, 27 Jul 1990–30 Jul 1990

Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991:

Art Treasures of Olympic Cities, Lausanne Olympic Museum, 22 Jun 1993–03 Oct 1993

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994