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Mallee Scrub, River Murray, with aborigines. Engraving c1874

Mallee Scrub, River Murray, with aborigines. Engraving c1874

by Chevalier, Nicholas

Antique print of a group of Australian aborigines in the River Murray Mallee country in the south-east of South Australia. Eucalyptus dumosa (called mallee by natives) covers over 200,000 hectares in this region.

Original steel engraving by William Forrest after a drawing by Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) for Australia Illustrated published in London circa 1874 by Virtue & Company. N. Chevalier was Russian-born. He arrived in Australia in 1855. Chevalier's brother was manager of the vineyards at Bontharambo. Chevalier worked as an illustrator in Melbourne, while he developed his skill in landscape painting. The engravings for this publication are some of the finest illustrations of colonial times in Australia. They provide a wonderful record of typical Australian cities and landscapes.

This engraving has fine later hand-colour. The page is in good condition, with wide margins and published. Page size is 215 x 270mm (8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches). Engraving measure 120 x 183mm (4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches).

Stock Number: apBooth4Price: $99.00

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