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Castle Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria, 1865 / by Nicholas Chevalier

Castle Rock, Cape Schanck, Victoria 1865

By Nicholas Chevalier

Castle Rock sits off Cape Schanck at the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula, separating the wild ocean waters of Bass Strait from the calmer waters of Western Port. The Cape was named in 1800 — by Lieutenant James Grant sailing on the Lady Nelson — for Captain John Schank but has always been misspelled as ‘Schanck’. For over 200 years, this rugged coastline has inspired works by leading Australian artists.

Traveller and sketcher Nicholas Chevalier painted the fantastically carved shapes of the rocks at Cape Schanck but chose not to include any hints of human habitation. However, by the 1860s this remote part of the Victorian coast was already a tourist attraction for Melburnians.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 693
Published date:
1865
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Sunday, 1 January 1865
Finished Sunday, 31 December 1865
Started Sunday, 1 January 1865
Finished Sunday, 31 December 1865