Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria
United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand
09 May 1828 - 15 Mar 1902
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.
oil on paperboard on hardboard
31.0 x 46.3 cm board; 29.2 x 44.8 cm sight edge; 52.5 x 68.5 x 7.0cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Mrs Nicholas Chevalier 1919
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, Studio of Charles Summers, Melbourne, Dec 1862 -
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
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
Coast, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, 08 Dec 2017–18 Feb 2018
Referenced in 9 publications
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
Danny Lacy, Coast: the artists' retreat, Cape Schanck to Point Nepean, 2017, 16, 17 (colour illus.), 46.
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
Olivia Welch, Nicole Welch: Eastern interiors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury, 'Nicole Welch: forward reflections', pg. 4-7, Waterloo, 2015, 7 (colour illus.). Nicholas Chevalier's 'Pulpit Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria' is referenced in Nicole Welch's 'Apparitions' series.
Simone Wildhaber-Creux, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Nicholas Chevalier', pg. 53-66, Sydney, 1991, 58 (colour illus.), 110. cat.no. 40