Louis Benett Chevalier (1823 - 1889)
A versatile artist in Erie, Pennsylvania's early history was Louis Bennett Chevalier, considered for years the leading general utility artist and one who gave his attention to all classes of work. He was perhaps best known as a painter of scenery for the stage while being equally gifted in sign painting, newspaper cartooning and landscapes.
Born in Plattsburg, New York in 1823 of French parentage, Chevalier spent most of his adult life in Erie. Nothing is known of his education or artistic influences. He was first active in Cleveland in 1845 where he was in partnership with Sebastian Heine. By the late 1840's, Chevalier had married and was
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