C1886

Jean Francoise Galaup, Comte De La Perouse.

Engraved portrait of Pacific explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 – 1788). In he entered the navy at 15 and was made lieutenant in April 1775 and captain in 1780 after France joined the American war. In 1783 the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Jean Francoise Galaup, Comte De La Perouse.

Date:

C1886

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

140mm 
x 135mm
AUTHENTICITY
Jean Francoise Galaup, Comte De La Perouse. - Antique Print from 1886

Genuine antique
dated:

1886

Description:

Engraved portrait of Pacific explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup La Perouse (1741 – 1788). In he entered the navy at 15 and was made lieutenant in April 1775 and captain in 1780 after France joined the American war. In 1783 the French government appointed La Perouse in command of an expedition to the Pacific to complete Captain James Cook’s unfinished work, and in particular to explore the passages in the Bering Sea, which had been a mystery to Europeans since the C16th. In command of two ships, La Boussole and L’Astrolabe he on 1 August 1785 making for Brazil. Doubling Cape Horn he refitted in Chile, then sailed to the Sandwich Islands and onto Alaska, where he turned south exploring and surveying the coast as far as California. After a short refit at Monterey, he sailed across the Pacific, discovered uncharted islands, and visited Macao and Manila. After six weeks re provisioning he left on 10 April 1787 to survey the coasts and territories north of Korea, which had been described by Christian missionaries. He sailed up the Gulf of Tartary, naming several points on both its shores and learned that Sakhalin was an island. In September he put in to Kamchatka to replenish his supplies. From there he turned south making for New Holland. In December, at Tutuila, Samoa, which Bougainville had called the Navigator Islands when he explored them in 1768, natives suddenly attacked a party from L’Astrolabe seeking water 12 men. La Perouse left without taking reprisals and sailed through the Pacific Islands to Norfolk Island and to Botany Bay. He was sighted off the coast there on 24 January 1788 but bad weather prevented his entering the bay for two days. La Perouse established a camp at Botany Bay on the northern shore, now named after him. After his six-week stay he sailed on 10 March and was not heard of again.

William Macleod (1850 - 1929)

Colonial artist born 1850 in London arrived in Australia with his family who emigrated to join the gold rush in Victoria. Macleod trained with the Sydney artist Edmund Thomas at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts and was known first, as William Macleod Anderson or James Anderson. He travelled widely and won a reputation as a painter of portraits and cattle, a designer of stained-glass windows, and as illustrator with journals such as the Sydney Mail, the Australian Town and Country Journal and Queensland Punch. Macleod joined the Bulletin full time in 1886 in response to a plea from Archibald following the departure of W.H.Traill. They became joint owners in 1887, Macleod was the Bulletin's managing director for the next forty years. Macleod worked in a variety of art forms from stained glass to black-and-white drawing, oils, watercolour, engraving, lithography, clay modelling and sculpture. His strength was as an illustrator. In later life Macleod lived at Dunvegan, Mosman, where he painted, played bowls with zeal, and was a genial and kindly host. His works are represented in a number of institutional collections such as, in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.

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