Nicolas Chevalier

Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) was born in Russia and studied painting in Europe before moving to Australia in 1855, where he made paintings and drawings of the goldfields. He worked as a professional artist in Melbourne and introduced chromo-lithography to Australia.  He later travelled to New Zealand and in 1865 and was commissioned by the Otago and Canterbury Provincial Councils to make Pictorial Surveys to be exhibited in London, in order to attract new settlers.
In 1869 Chevalier accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh on his world tour, before returning to live in London. A large collection of Chevalier's New Zealand watercolour paintings is held in the national collection in the Wellington Gallery, gifted by his widow.