C1833

Costumes des Habitans de Vanikoro. Costumes des Habitans de Tikopia

First edition of this superb Chine-collé lithograph on India paper of Solomon Island natives, by Louis de Sainson was the artist aboard the famous Dumont D’Urville voyage of scientific discovery and exploration. The French explorer Jean-François de La Pérouse was stranded … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Costumes des Habitans de Vanikoro. Costumes des Habitans de Tikopia

Date:

C1833

Engraver:

Andre Maurin 
(1793 – 
1860)

Condition:

A few light spots to outer sheet, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Chine-collé lithograph on India paper.

Image Size: 

322mm 
x 253mm

Paper Size: 

535mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
Costumes des Habitans de Vanikoro. Costumes des Habitans de Tikopia - Antique Print from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

First edition of this superb Chine-collé lithograph on India paper of Solomon Island natives, by Louis de Sainson was the artist aboard the famous Dumont D’Urville voyage of scientific discovery and exploration. The French explorer Jean-François de La Pérouse was stranded on Vanikoro after both his vessels, La Boussole and the Astrolabe, struck the then unknown reefs of the island in 1788. It is reported that some of the men were killed by the local inhabitants, while the surviving sailors built a smaller vessel and left the island, but were never seen again. Those that remained on the island died before Dumont D’Urville’s arrival in 1826.

The rare first issue is identified by the name J.Tastu, Editeur at lower left and the embossed stamp at lower sheet edge, ‘Voyage de L’Astrolabe J.Dumont D’Urville Commandant. J.T.’

From ‘Voyage de la Corvette Astrolabe Execute par Ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sours le Commandement’.

Collections:
National Library of Australia: Bib ID 2924594

 

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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