Man with horse and cart
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.
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".
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Selected Australian works of art (25 October - 12 November, 1982), Lauraine Diggins, Australia, 25 Oct 1982–25 Nov 1982
Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
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, Perth 21 Jun 1991–04 Aug 1991
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 18 Aug 1991–29 Sep 1991
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 8 publications
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.). cat.no. 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. cat.no. 32
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.
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
19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 62 (colour illus.).
Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 65
Selected Australian works of art (25 October - 12 November, 1982), Melbourne, 1982.