N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs. Nicholas CHEVALIER.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.
N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.

N. Chevalier's Album of Chromo Lithographs.

Melbourne: C. Troedel, 1865.

Imperial folio; 12 unnumbered chromolithographs mounted on stiff white sheets, with Troedel's blind-stamped mark in the margins and printed captions on the verso of each plate; original cloth portfolio lettered as above on front cover. Melbourne, C. Troedel, [1865].

Pioneering chromlithographic views in landscape art

A fine and richly-coloured copy of an important nineteenth century Australian colour plate book capturing high Victorian taste in landscape art. Nicholas Chevalier was the first significant artist to use chromolithography in Australia and this is the first illustrated work devoted almost exclusively to views of the wilderness regions of Victoria where the artist made extensive expeditions.

A fine and richly-coloured copy of an important nineteenth century Australian colour plate book capturing high Victorian taste in landscape art. Nicholas Chevalier was the first significant artist to use chromolithography in Australia and this is the first illustrated work devoted almost exclusively to views of the wilderness regions of Victoria where the artist made extensive expeditions.

His Album is "an important contribution to the Australian plate book genre… the first printed expression of High Victorian taste in landscape art by a key figure in the late romantic era of Australian colonial art… [It] is a keystone in any collection of Australian plate books and no collection can be considered complete without it" (Australian Rare Books).

Chevalier was born in St Petersburg, Russia, the son of Louis Chevalier, who came from Vaud, Switzerland, and was overseer to the estates of the Prince de Wittgenstein in Russia. Nicholas' mother was Russian. Nicholas left Russia with his father in 1845, and studied painting and architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland and at Munich.

In 1851 Chevalier moved to London and worked as an illustrator in lithography and watercolour. He also designed a fountain which was erected in the royal grounds at Osborne, and two of his paintings were hung at the Academy in 1852. Further study in painting followed at Rome. In late 1854 Chevalier sailed from London to Australia on board the 'Swallow' to join his father and brother, and arrived in Melbourne on 25 December. In August 1855 he obtained work as a cartoonist on the newly established Melbourne Punch. He accompanied the explorer Georg von Neumayer on trips to remote areas of Victoria, and the material gathered on such journeys resulted in some of his most recognised art of this period, including his painting of Mount Arapiles in Western Victoria.

In January 1874 Chevalier was commissioned by Queen Victoria to travel to St Petersburg and paint a picture of the marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh. Chevalier then made London his base and was a continual exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1871 to 1887. Chevalier's 1864 painting "The Buffalo Ranges" was the first painting of an Australian subject added to the National Gallery of Victoria's superb collection.

Wantrup, 256.

Price (AUD): $9,500.00  other currencies Ref: #3705993

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