C1816

Der See-Elephant

A smaller version of Charles Alexander Lesueur’s. famous image of elephant seals on King Island, made during Baudin’s visit to the island on 6th December 1802. The naturalists from the expedition camped for several days at Sea Elephant Bay on King … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Der See-Elephant

Date:

C1816

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

205mm 
x 150mm

Paper Size: 

322mm 
x 198mm
AUTHENTICITY
Der See-Elephant - Antique Print from 1816

Genuine antique
dated:

1816

Description:

A smaller version of Charles Alexander Lesueur’s. famous image of elephant seals on King Island, made during Baudin’s visit to the island on 6th December 1802. The naturalists from the expedition camped for several days at Sea Elephant Bay on King Island in Bass Strait where they collected specimens of two native cats.

Common name: Southern Elephant Seal
Binomial name: Mirounga leonina
First described: Linnaeus 1758
Distribution: Occassional annual sightings in Tasmania.

Collections: 
National Library of Australia:  Bib ID822504

Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778 - 1846)

French natural history and topographical artist on board the lavishly equipped scientific expedition prepared by the Institut de France with the ambitions to explore the southern parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, in two corvettes, Geographe and the Naturaliste. Lesueur was taken on not as an artist or scientist but as an assistant gunner. Nichloas Baudin the commander of the expedition soon discovered Lesueur's talents and employed him as an illustrator for his private journal. His prolific output and the quality of his drawings during this important voyage is a testament to his artistic talents.

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