Race to the market, Tahiti
United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand
09 May 1828 - 15 Mar 1902
Born in Russia, Nicholas Chevalier arrived in Melbourne in 1855 during the gold rush, becoming an illustrator for Melbourne Punch and exploring different parts of the region with his friend Eugene von Guérard. Ten years later Chevalier moved to New Zealand. In 1869 he joined the HMS Galatea as an artist with the Duke of Edinburgh on the voyage to the East and back to London with stops including Tahiti. He remained in London for the rest of his life.
'Race to the market, Tahiti' was produced from that tour, painted from sketches made at Opunohu Bay. The central focus of the composition is Chevalier’s dog, Tuppenny, which figures in many of the artist’s Pacific paintings.
Race to market, Tahiti, Society Islands
Race to Market - Tahiti
Race to Market, Tahiti
oil on canvas
102.5 x 169.0 cm stretcher; 135.7 x 202.2 x 9.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black oil "N. Chevalier 1880".
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Royal Academy of Arts, 1880, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1880–1880
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
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
Referenced in 15 publications
Steven Miller, Dogs in Australian art, 'Löwchen', pg. 140-141, Kent Town, 2012, 140 (colour illus.).
Steven Miller, Look, 'A dog's life', pg. 18-19, Sydney, Dec 2015-Jan 2016, 18, 19 (colour illus.).
Diedrith Newkomer., Illustrated Sydney news, 'Sydney Art Gallery', Sydney, 20 May 1887, page unknown.
Jill Sykes, Look, 'WOOF! WOOF! Australian art history gone to the dogs', pg. 34-35, Sydney, Mar 2010, 35.
Simone Wildhaber-Creux, Swiss artists in Australia 1777-1991, 'Nicholas Chevalier', pg. 53-66, Sydney, 1991, 63 (colour illus.), 111. cat.no. 63
Exploration and travel: Wednesday 15 September 2010, London, Sep 2010, 2 (colour illus.), 12 (colour illus.), 13 (colour illus.). RELATED WORK: lot no. 12, 'Arcadia, South Seas Islands' 1882. This work is illustrated on page 2 and page 13.
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Nov 2009, 48 (colour illus.). Members events section highlighting Steven Miller's forthcoming lecture on dogs in art.
Bonhams: Australian & International Fine Art, Monday 22 August 2011, Sydney, Catalogue entry for Lot 32 Nicholas Chevalier 'Arcadia, South Sea Islands', pg. 68-69, Sydney, 2011, 68.
Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 43. titled 'Race to market, Tahiti'
Illustrated Sydney news, Sydney, 26 Jul 1888, 16-17 (illus.). titled 'The Race to Market'
Australian & International fine art: Monday 22 August 2011 Sydney, Sydney, 2011, 68 (colour illus.). RELATED WORK: lot no 32, 'Arcadia, South Sea Islands' 1882. This work is illustrated on page 68.
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1884, Sydney, 1884, 5 (illus.). cat.no. 9, Oil Paintings, titled 'Race to Market-Tahiti', b&w line illustration
Unknown and Unknown, Catalogue descriptive and critical of the Art Gallery with Sydney art notes, Sydney, 1883, 23. titled 'Race to Market'
Sydney mail and New South Wales advertiser, Sydney, 09 Jul 1881.
The Illustrated London News, London, 09 Oct 1880. Full page reproduction