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Title

Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria


Artist

Nicholas Chevalier

United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand

09 May 1828 - 15 Mar 1902


About

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.


Details


Date

1860s


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on paperboard on hardboard


Dimensions

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


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Mrs Nicholas Chevalier 1919


Accession number

4476


Artist information

Nicholas Chevalier

Works in the collection

13


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


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. cat.no. 55; related work cat.no. 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. cat.no. 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.

G.P. Smith (Editor), Age, 'The exhibition of fine arts: second notice', pg. 5, Melbourne, 31 Dec 1862, 5. General review of 'rock work', including 'Elephant Rock' and 'Cape Schanck'.

Charles Summers, Catalogue of the Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, 'Oil paintings', pg. 2-6, Melbourne, Dec 1862, 3. cat.no. 23

Simone Wildhaber-Creux, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Nicholas Chevalier', pg. 53-66, Sydney, 1991, 58 (colour illus.), 110. cat.no. 40