C1833

La Corvette L'Astrolabe tombant tout-a-coup sur des recifs dans la bai de l'Abondance

Dramatic image of the Astrolabe in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Rare lithograph of the French ship the Astrolabe which was originally named Coquille and used for Louis Isidore Duperrey’s circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825). She was renamed after the navigational instrument, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

La Corvette L’Astrolabe tombant tout-a-coup sur des recifs dans la bai de l’Abondance

Date:

C1833

Engraver:

Achille St. Aulaire 
(1801 – 
1889?)

Condition:

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

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

415mm 
x 273mm

Paper Size: 

535mm 
x 357mm
AUTHENTICITY
La Corvette L'Astrolabe tombant tout-a-coup sur des recifs dans la bai de l'Abondance - Antique Print from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

Dramatic image of the Astrolabe in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Rare lithograph of the French ship the Astrolabe which was originally named Coquille and used for Louis Isidore Duperrey’s circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825). She was renamed after the navigational instrument, the astrolabe, a precursor to the sextant. Under the command of Dumont d’Urvilled she sailed from Toulon on 22 April 1826, towards the Pacific Ocean, for a circumnavigation of the world that was to lasted nearly three years. The expedition returned to Marseille on 25 March 1829.

The Astrolabe weathered a violent storm in the Bay of Plenty over 15-16 February 1827, and was in danger of shipwreck. Dumont D’Urville described their predicament “Very soon the gale became a raging hurricane, the waves rose to a terrifying height, while remaining quite short and thus even more dangerous….For four whole hours this awesome disturbance of nature held us in a desperate situation. The force of the wind, the fury of the waves and the enveloping darkness reduced us to pitiful inactivity and utter ignorance as to our position. All we knew was that we were surrounded on every side by danger and felt that a few more violent jolts and our masts would come down.” (Rosenman, 1987, pp.100-1)

From Dumont d’Urville, “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 2684494

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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