C1833

Ancienne Maison de Campagne de Koro-Koro.

Scarce c.19th view of present day Paroa Bay from the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville. Korokoro was the chief of the area, who had died in 1823, several years prior to the arrival of the French … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ancienne Maison de Campagne de Koro-Koro.

Date:

C1833

Condition:

Minor spotting to outer margins, not affecting image, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

350mm 
x 260mm

Paper Size: 

535mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ancienne Maison de Campagne de Koro-Koro. - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

Scarce c.19th view of present day Paroa Bay from the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville.

Korokoro was the chief of the area, who had died in 1823, several years prior to the arrival of the French explorers. Three Maori stand in the foreground actively engaged in conversation, behind them the houses referred to in the title can be seen. A boat is pulled up on the shore line, presumably the Astrolabe, and figures can be seen on the beach nearby.

D’Urville had sailed from Port Jackson on 19.12.26 and sighted the south coast of New Zealand on 10 th  January 1827 near the site of present day Greymouth. Although his instructions were to carry out a little charting in Cook Strait, D’Urville’s plan was much more ambitious – he was to chart at least half of the coast of New Zealand, thereby providing a clear challenge to the supposition that Cook’s survey had placed the islands firmly in the British Domain. He chartered the islands during January to March of 1827 from just south of Cape Foulwind (west coast of the South Island), past Farewell Spit, into Golden and Tasman Bays, through Cook Strait, and up the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, from its southernmost to its northernmost point.

From D’Urville, Voyage of the Corvette Astrolabe Executed by Order of the King during the years 1826-1827-1828-1829, under the Command.

References:
Tooley, R.V. The Mapping of Australia. London 1979 530.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 3184.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974 508.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2926704
National Library New Zealand: Turnbull Collection, MapColl 832.11aj 1831 217

Louis Auguste de Sainson (1800 - 1887)

French artist on the voyage of exploration on board the Astrolabe under the command of Dumont D’Urville which explored and visited the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He began his naval career at the port of Rochefort, working there from 21 August 1825 until 6 January 1826, where he joined the Astrolabe as a draughtsman. The Astrolabe visited Australia from October to December 1826 and De Sainson made a number of drawings of King George Sound (WA), Westernport VIC), and Jervis Bay NSW and Sydney). On the Astrolable’s return to Australian waters during December 1827 to early January 1828 the Astrolabe anchored at Hobart Town where de Sainson made a number of important drawings of Hobart and its environs. On his return to France de Sainson was part of the editorial group that made the official account Historical Atlas of the expedition ready or publication. In November 1829, at Dumont d’Urville’s request, de Sainson was promoted commis de marine 3e classe. He became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneurin August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833. Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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