C1865

Stalactite Cave, at Cape Schanck.

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S/N: ISN-VC-651116004B–322084
(C054)

Full Title:

Stalactite Cave, at Cape Schanck.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

125mm 
x 144mm

Description:

Colonial engraving of Angel Cave, Cape Schanck which is near the
mouth of the Murwurrarong Creek.

It names is supposedly derived from the fact that in the semi-darkness of the cave, a group of stalactites
have a vague resemblance to the shape of an angel. The aboriginal peoples of the area claimed
that Bunjil was one day taking a walk upon the sea,
when a great storm arose. The “Great Man” walked up
to the then flat shore, commanded it to rise into a cliff,
and ordered a cave to form there. He then sheltered in it
until the storm had passed’.

From the original edition of The Illustrated Sydney News.

Collections:
National Library Australia: ISN 16 Nov 1865 Page 4

Nicholas Chevalier (1828 - 1902)

Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) Chevalier was born in St Petersburg, Russia. He studied painting in Switzerland, moving to London in 1851 achieving some success in painting and lithography. He arrived at Melbourne in 1855, visited the goldfields, attended to his father's business and planned his return to Europe but the newly-established Melbourne Punch and later, the Illustrated Australian News found his talents invaluable and he decided to stay. He was very popular as artist for Melbourne Punch and in establishing himself in Melbourne colonial society as a painter and lithographer. After exploring and painting in many parts of Victoria, Chevalier visited New Zealand where he travelled widely, painting landscapes that reminded him of his ancestral home. From 1882 he was London adviser to the National Gallery of New South Wales. He died in London on 15 March 1902.

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