Chatelain was born in Paris or, more likely, in London of French Huguenot parents. He is chiefly remembered as one of the earliest landscape engravers in England, but he was also a talented landscape draughtsman and a drawing master of some repute. He died around 1758 after overindulging in lobsters and asparagus.
Chatelain produced both imaginary landscapes and topographical drawings - that is to say, views of actual places. The Oppé collection includes several of his ideal landscapes and a few of his rarer topographical drawings, this example somewhat unusual in being coloured. The subject was engraved in 1748.
Gallery label, September 2004