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 Nicholas Chevalier  (1828 - 1902)

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Lived/Active: Hawaii / Australia/Switzerland/Russian Federation      Known for: landscape painting

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Mount Abrupt and the Grampians, 1863
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Nicholas Chevalier (b. 1828 /d. 1902)

Nicholas Chevalier was born on May 9, 1828 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  His father was from Switzerland and his mother was from Russia. 

In 1845, Chevalier and his father left Russian and moved to Switzerland.  It was here at Lausanne, Switzerland, Chevalier began to study painting and architecture and later he studied in Munich.

 In 1951, he moved to London where Chevalier was an apprentice to lithographer VV.H.L. Gruner.  Studying as a lithographer changed the course of Chevalier’s career.  While living in London, he worked in illustrations, lithography and watercolors.  Chevalier exhibited two landscapes in the Royal Academy in 1852. 

Seeing his son's talents, Chevalier’s father sent him to Rome.  For most of 1853 and 1854, he studied watercolor painting.  In December of 1854, Chevalier moved to be with his brother and father in Melbourne, Australia.  By 1855, he was working at Melbourne Punch as a cartoonist.  He also worked for the Illustrated Australian News doing illustrations.  That same year, Chevalier married Caroline Wilkie.

While in Melbourne, Chevalier continued pursuing his interests in landscaping painting in both oils and watercolors.  He won “The Best Picture by and Artist in Australia in 1864 for his oil painting The Buffalo Ranges of Victoria.

Through out the years 1864 to 1869, Chevalier spent time traveling.  He worked while traveling to New Zealand, and with other artists on a voyage to the East including Tahiti, Hawaii, Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Indian.  The work he did on these travels were later exhibited at South Kensington.

Commissioned by Queen Victoria, Chevalier traveled to Saint Petersburg, in 1874, to do a painting of the marriage of the Duke of Edinburgh.  From 1871 to 1887, he lived in London and was a constant exhibitor at the Academy.  By 1895, Chevalier had more or less given up painting; however he did have one last picture in the Academy.

Nicolas Chevalier died on March 15, 1902 in London.

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