Landscape (New Zealand)
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]
The Ovens River, Victoria
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
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Vaucluse House - Furnishing loan, Vaucluse House, Vaucluse, 1952–1966
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 4 publications
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. cat.no. 154
19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 60 (colour illus.).
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. not paginated, cat.no. 14