C1825

Nlle. Hollande Port-Jackson Sauvages des Montagnes-bleues. 1. Hara-o; 2. Karadra.

Rare c.19th portraits of two Blue Mountain’s aboriginal men who the artist Pellion met on the lower Blue Mountains during his trip to Bathurst in late November 1819 during the French visit to Sydney in the l’Uranie. Pellion assisted the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nlle. Hollande Port-Jackson Sauvages des Montagnes-bleues. 1. Hara-o; 2. Karadra.

Date:

C1825

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Stipple engraving.

Image Size: 

320mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

478mm 
x 316mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nlle. Hollande Port-Jackson Sauvages des Montagnes-bleues. 1. Hara-o;  2. Karadra. - Antique Print from 1825

Genuine antique
dated:

1825

Description:

Rare c.19th portraits of two Blue Mountain’s aboriginal men who the artist Pellion met on the lower Blue Mountains during his trip to Bathurst in late November 1819 during the French visit to Sydney in the l’Uranie.

Pellion assisted the official artists J. Arago and A. Taunay during the three-year voyage around the world. On 12 September 1818, l’Uranie reached Shark Bay, WA, where a camp was established. The expedition struck camp and sailed for Timor a fortnight later. It then sailed into Port Jackson on 18 November 1819 where they were made welcome by Governor Macquarie, who entertained them at both Sydney and Parramatta and permitted both artists and scientists to wander freely. William Lawson guided the surgeon-zoologist Quoy and the botanist Gaudichaud-Beaupre on an expedition over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst along Cox’s road. De Freycinet had intended Arago to accompany them, but his place was taken by Pellion ‘whose zeal, activity and courage never failed him in dangerous enterprises, and whose talents as a draughtsman rendered him equally proper for this mission’. Freycinet had previously visited Sydney in 1802-3 when the Baudin voyage sailed into Port Jackson.

Pellion wrote: ‘It was in one of these pleasant retreats that we first saw any of the wretched inhabitants of these lofty regions [ie the Blue Mountains]: there were only two; one a sick old man, lying kangaroo skins, near a fire, and receiving the attention of a younger man. Mr Lawson recognised this old man as Karadra, supreme chief or king of that part of the mountains. No one, according to him, had proved more dangerous to the English, many of whom had perished at his hand, without anyone being able to catch him in the act. For a long time, however, this man had been peacefully disposed towards the settlers.

From Freycinet, Louis de, Voyage autour du monde.

References: Ferguson, J.A., Bibliography of Australia: F941

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: NGA 2011.1246
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1914306
National Portrait Gallery: 2011.68
State Library of New South Wales: CALL NUMBERPXD 923/6-10 / PXD 923/8

J. Alphonse Pellion (1796 - 1868)

Pellion was a topographical painter, naval draughtsman and midshipman aboard l'Uranie under the command of Louis de Freycinet during the voyages of 1817-1820. Pellion made many sketches in NSW, including views of Cox's Pass and Cox's River and portraits of the local aborigines. In 1819, Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, invited the French explorer Baudin to cross the Blue Mountains on a new road, with Pellion accompanying him.

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