C1842

New-Victoria Port Essington

Artist:

Louis Le Breton (1818 - 1866)

Fort Victoria or Victoria Settlement, at Port Essington (1838–1849) on the Cobourg Peninsula, was the third British attempt of settlement in the Northern Territory. Dumont d’Urville visited Raffles Bay in the corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee between 27 March and 6 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

New-Victoria Port Essington

Date:

C1842

Artist:

Louis Le Breton (1818 - 1866)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour and hand coloured.

Image Size: 

320mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
New-Victoria Port Essington - Antique Print from 1842

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Fort Victoria or Victoria Settlement, at Port Essington (1838–1849) on the Cobourg Peninsula, was the third British attempt of settlement in the Northern Territory.

Dumont d’Urville visited Raffles Bay in the corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee between 27 March and 6 April 1839 whilst on his final voyage, which resulted in the discovery of Antarctica as a continent. Located at the eastern end of the Cobourg Peninsula, Raffles Bay was the site of the second abortive attempt at settlement on the northern coastline of Australia. It was named by Phillip Parker King in 1818 after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore. Like Flinders before him, d’Urville made contact with the Maccassar trepanging fleet and visited their encampment. Dumont d’Urville arrived at Victoria Settlement, commonly known as Port Essington, only five months after its establishment. The government intended that Port Essington be established as a major trading port like Singapore. Unfortunately, this attempt also failed and the settlement was finally abandoned in 1849.

From Voyage au Pole Sud et dans L’Oceanie.

Biography:

Louis Le Breton (1818-1866)

Breton was French marine artist and was the official artist on board the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville. From 1847 he devoted himself mainly to depicting marine subjects for the French Navy.

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