Nicholas Chevalier was born in Saint Petersburg but moved to Switzerland in his teens to study art. After further training in London, he sailed to Melbourne in 1854 where he remained for more than a decade, working as an illustrator and in great demand as a painter. As well as gaining important patronage (he received numerous commissions from the British royal family), Chevalier had a strong influence on the development of the fine arts in Australia. In 1874 he was appointed by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to purchase works of art in London for the fledgling institution.


  • Title: Lake Lucerne
  • Creator: Nicholas Chevalier
  • Date Created: 1883
  • Physical Dimensions: 60.5 x 90.5 cm image/sheet; 92.0 x 123.5 x 5.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: A Garrick, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW in 1886
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1886
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/6025/
  • Medium: watercolour with traces of pencil
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., "N. Chevalier. 1883".
  • Object Other Titles: Lake Geneva
  • Artist Country: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps