- Purchased with assistance from the Olive Stirrat bequest, 1990
- 370 x 510 x 20mm
In 1865 the Otago Provincial Council commissioned the Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Chevalier to travel throughout the Otago region making pictorial studies of the landscape. Along with his assistant, Ebenezer Wake Cook, he travelled on horseback for four months during the summer of 1865-6, completing extensive sketches of the province which were later used as the basis for larger, more detailed paintings. While these larger works were exhibited, the Otago Provincial Council’s motivation for the commission was the promotion of the region, and Chevalier’s images were primarily used to encourage settlement and investment.