C1808

Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King L'Elephant-Marin on Phoque A Trompe. Vue de la Baie des Elephantes.

Famous image of elephant seals on King Island, based on drawing by Charles Alexander Lesueur artist on the Baudin voyage made while visiting King Island on 6th December 1802. The naturalists from the expedition camped for several days at Sea … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King L’Elephant-Marin on Phoque A Trompe. Vue de la Baie des Elephantes.

Date:

C1808

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 145mm
AUTHENTICITY
Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile King L'Elephant-Marin on Phoque A Trompe. Vue de la Baie des Elephantes. - Antique Print from 1808

Genuine antique
dated:

1808

Description:

Famous image of elephant seals on King Island, based on drawing by Charles Alexander Lesueur artist on the Baudin voyage made while visiting King 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.

Reference: Strahan, The Mammals of Australia, 2nd edition. Page: 686-7, ill.686

From Bertuch, Bilderbuk fur Kinder

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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