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Man with horse and cart



Louis Buvelot

Australia, Switzerland, Brazil

03 Mar 1814 - 30 May 1888


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.




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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Louis Buvelot

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


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.