Buvelot exhibited landscapes in Melbourne from 1866 to 1882 and after his 'discovery' by the Argus critic and National Gallery of Victoria trustee James Smith, his Winter morning near Heidelberg and this work were among the first Australian paintings purchased for the National Gallery of Victoria. By 1869 he was considered the colony's leading landscapist.
Text © National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


  • Title: Summer afternoon, Templestowe
  • Creator: Louis Buvelot
  • Creator Lifespan: 03 March 1814 - 30 May 1888
  • Creator Nationality: Swiss
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Creator Birth Place: Morges, Vaud, Switzerland
  • Date Created: 1866
  • Location Created: Melbourne, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 76.6 x 118.9 cm (Unframed)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1869, =A9 National Gallery of Victoria
  • External Link: National Gallery of Victoria
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Provenance: Purchased from the artist, 1869.
  • Place Part Of: Australia
  • Biography: Abram-Louis Buvelot was born on 3 March 1814 at Morges, Vaud, Switzerland. In 1835 he travelled to Bahia, Brazil, where his uncle had a coffee plantation. He moved to Rio in 1840 and established himself as a professional painter, lithographer and photographer, patronised by Emperor Dom Pedro II. He married Marie Felicite Lalouette in 1843 (their only child, Jean-Louise-Sophie, was born in Rio on 24 February 1843) and, now working chiefly as a photographer, he returned to Switzerland early in 1852. Buvelot settled his family at Vevey, near Morgues until December 1853 when they moved to Lausanne. Following a visit to Calcutta in December 1854 with the Austrian artist Ferdinand Krumholtz, he was employed as drawing master at a new experimental industrial school at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel (August 1855–September 1864). In November 1864 he sailed from Liverpool, leaving his wife and married daughter in Switzerland. He was accompanied by Caroline Julie Beguin, a fellow teacher at La Chaux-de-Fonds. They disembarked in Melbourne in February 1865 and bought a portrait photography studio at 92 Bourke Street East.

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