American novelist resident in Britain since 1984. Her first novel, Virgin Blue (1997), tells the parallel stories of a 16th‐cent. French Huguenot woman and a 20th‐cent. American living in France. In her highly acclaimed book, Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), Chevalier recreates the world of Vermeer's Delft, in the story of Griet, maid to the painter's household who—in this fiction—is the model for the famous painting which shares the book's title. A tale of art, colour, and seduction, it was followed by Falling Angels (2001), the story of two Edwardian families coming to terms with a new century. Another book to forge a context for a celebrated work of art, The Lady and the Unicorn (2003), takes its title from the French tapestry whose commission spurs the events of the story.