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At Lilydale



Louis Buvelot

Australia, Switzerland, Brazil

03 Mar 1814 - 30 May 1888


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.




Media category


Materials used

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

Accession number


Artist information

Louis Buvelot

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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 AM, OBE, 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, 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.). 3 Sydney

Hendrik Kolenberg, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Louis Buvelot', pg. 37-52, Sydney, 1991, 43 (colour illus.), 110. 29

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW 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.). 141