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.
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
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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 Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 18 Jan 1991–10 Mar 1991
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 28 Mar 1991–28 Apr 1991
- Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane 04 May 1991–09 Jun 1991
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia 21 Jun 1991–04 Aug 1991
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 18 Aug 1991–29 Sep 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
Referenced in 10 publications
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, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Louis Buvelot', pg. 37-52, Sydney, 1991, 43 (colour illus.), 110. cat.no. 29
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.). cat.no. 3 Sydney
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.). lot.no. 141