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Nicholas Chevalier

United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand

09 May 1828 - 15 Mar 1902


Nicholas Chevalier was born in St Petersburg, the son of a Russian mother and Swiss father. He studied in Lausanne in Switzerland, Munich, London and Rome before arriving in Australia in 1854. Chevalier worked for 'Melbourne Punch', contributed to 'Victoria illustrated', made colour lithographs and exhibited his work, establishing himself as a leading figure in art in Melbourne. He travelled extensively throughout the 1860s, including to New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Japan, China and India before settling in England in 1870. Edouard Levi Montefiore, the donor of this watercolour to the Gallery, was the brother of Eliezier Levi Montefiore, the Gallery's first Director. He lived in Paris.

[Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005]


Other Title

The Ovens River, Victoria



Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, white gouache, gum, scraping out


24.4 x 35.1 cm sheet; 39.1 x 48.2 cm sight edge; 44.7 x 53.8 x 2.7 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown watercolour "N Chevalier/ 1868".


Gift of Edouard Levi Montefiore 1901


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Nicholas Chevalier

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Jean Campbell, Australian watercolour painters: 1780 to the present day, 'The 1850s, 1860s and 1870s', pg. 52-61, Sydney, 1989, 59 (colour illus.).

Simon Gregg, Nicholas Chevalier: Australian odyssey, Sale, 2011, 241. 154

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 60 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. not paginated, 14