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Landscape (New Zealand)



Nicholas Chevalier

Russia, Australia, New Zealand

09 May 1828 – 15 Mar 1902

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  • Details

    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
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    Nicholas Chevalier

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    Works in the collection


  • About

    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]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by Nicholas Chevalier

See all 13 works