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An image of Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria by Nicholas Chevalier

Nicholas Chevalier

(United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand 09 May 1828 – 15 Mar 1902)

Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria
Media category
Materials used
oil on paperboard on hardboard

31.0 x 46.3 cm board; 29.2 x 44.8 cm sight edge;

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Mrs Nicholas Chevalier 1919
Accession number
19th c Australian art
Further information

A keen artist–traveller in the Romantic tradition, Nicholas Chevalier concentrated on effects of atmosphere, mood and dramatic lighting in his depictions of the iconic natural wonders he found at Cape Schanck, on the southernmost tip of Mornington Peninsula.

When Chevalier sketched the fantastically carved shapes of the rocks at Cape Schanck, he chose not to include any hints of human presence, although this remote part of the Victorian coast was already a tourist attraction for Melburnians in the 1860s.

Bibliography (6)

Andrew Frost, Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, 'The engine of experience: contemporary art and SF', pg. 5-7, Sydney, 2014, 6, 13 (colour illus.), 43.

Simon Gregg, Nicholas Chevalier: Australian odyssey, Sale, 2011, 192 (colour illus.), 193. 55; related work 117, 'Castle Rock, Cape Schanck', pg. 64 (colour illus.), 225 (colour illus.).

Rodney James (Curator), The artists' retreat: Discovering the Mornington Peninsula 1850s to the present, Victoria, 1999, 14 (colour illus.), 15, 37. 26

Anne Ryan, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Colonial eyes', pg. 17-36, Sydney, 2000, 18, 33 (colour illus.), 300.

Charles Summers, Catalogue of the Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, 'Oil paintings', pg. 2-6, Melbourne, Dec 1862, 3. 23

Simone Wildhaber-Creux, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Nicholas Chevalier', pg. 53-66, Sydney, 1991, 58 (colour illus.), 110. 40

Exhibition history (5)

Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, Studio of Charles Summers, Melbourne, Dec 1862 -

Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991:

Plein-air painting in Europe 1780-1850, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Sep 2004–31 Oct 2004

Nicholas Chevalier: Australian odyssey:

Conquest of space: science fiction and contemporary art, College of Fine Art Galleries, UNSW, 22 May 2014–05 Jul 2014