An image of Race to the market, Tahiti

Nicholas Chevalier

(United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand 09 May 1828 – 15 Mar 1902)

Race to the market, Tahiti

Other titles:
Race to market, Tahiti, Society Islands, Race to Market - Tahiti, Race to Market, Tahiti
Not on display
Further information

Born in Russia, Nicholas Chevalier arrived in Melbourne in 1855 during the gold rush, becoming an illustrator for Melbourne Punch and exploring different parts of the region with his friend Eugene von Guérard. Ten years later Chevalier moved to New Zealand. In 1869 he joined the HMS Galatea as an artist with the Duke of Edinburgh on the voyage to the East and back to London with stops including Tahiti. He remained in London for the rest of his life.

'Race to the market, Tahiti' was produced from that tour, painted from sketches made at Opunohu Bay. The central focus of the composition is Chevalier’s dog, Tuppenny, which figures in many of the artist’s Pacific paintings.

oil on canvas
102.5 x 169.0 cm stretcher; 135.7 x 202.2 x 9.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., black oil "N. Chevalier 1880".

Purchased 1881
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