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Nicholas Chevalier Artist His Life and Work with Special Reference to His Career in New Zealand and Australia
by Melvin N. Day

This exquisite volume deals with the artistic career of one of New Zealand's least know, but outstanding early artists, Nicholas Chevalier.

Chevalier's biography is detailed and covers the time from his birth in Russia to the last years of his life when he was accepted as one of Queen Victoria's favourite artists. Of special interest to New Zealand and Australian readers, is the time he spent in Australasia.

The volume contains illustrations in color and in black and white, an index and a fully annotated catalogue of the reproduction of paintings.

His painstakingly record early New Zealand and Australian colonial life and left a treasure trove of sketches, watercolors and oils which show a way of life, and a landscape, reflecting peace and tranquility. But Chevalier's perspicacity quickly led him to perceive the problems of the European and Maori conflicts over land which was soon to shatter the peace and which he recorded in his diary. His remarkable career included time as a political cartonnist in Australia and as an illustrator of books.

Hard cover in slip case, 1981, 116pages, very good condition, little fading in cover spine

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