C1807

Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King. Le Wombat

Rare engraving of the Wombat by Charles Alexander Lesueur artist onboard the French voyage of exploration under the command of Nicholas Baudin in the corvettes; Geographe and Naturalist. First reported sighting February 1797, after the ship Sydney Cove ran aground on … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King. Le Wombat

Date:

C1807

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

315mm 
x 245mm

Paper Size: 

237mm 
x 240mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King. Le Wombat - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

Rare engraving of the Wombat by Charles Alexander Lesueur artist onboard the French voyage of exploration under the command of Nicholas Baudin in the corvettes; Geographe and Naturalist.

First reported sighting February 1797, after the ship Sydney Cove ran aground on Clarke Island in February 1797, the crew of the salvage ship, Francis, discovered wombats on the island. A live animal was taken back to Port Jackson.  Governor John Hunter later sent the animal’s corpse to Joseph Banks at the Literary and Philosophical Society to verify that it was a new species.

Naming 26 January 1798

‘We saw several sorts of dung of different animals, one of which Wilson called a Whom-batt, which is an animal about 20 inches high, with short legs and a thick body…’ Bargo, N.S.W. John Price.

First detailed description 25 August 1798 Letter from Hunter to Joseph Banks.

From Francois Peron’s ‘Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terre d’Australes’.

Collections:
Art Gallery of South Australia: Accession number 7012G108
National Gallery Victoria: Accession Number2010.96.59
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1998223

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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