C1842

Rade de Sincapour prise de la maison du Gouverneur.

Artist:

Louis Le Breton (1818 - 1866)

Rare French lithograph of Singapore made from sketches while the Astrolabe and Zellee, under the command of Dumont D’Urville (1790-1842) anchored at Singapore for six days from 27th June 1839. This view is from the west side of Government Hill … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Rade de Sincapour prise de la maison du Gouverneur.

Date:

C1842

Artist:

Louis Le Breton (1818 - 1866)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph hand coloured.

Image Size: 

430mm 
x 245mm
AUTHENTICITY
Rade de Sincapour prise de la maison du Gouverneur. - Antique Print from 1842

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Rare French lithograph of Singapore made from sketches while the Astrolabe and Zellee, under the command of Dumont D’Urville (1790-1842) anchored at Singapore for six days from 27th June 1839.

This view is from the west side of Government Hill looking across the upper reaches of the Singapore River to Chinatown, seen in the middle distance. The double-storey hipped roof of the Thian Hock Keng, then under construction on the foreshore of the Telok Ayer basin, rises above the roofs of Chinatown. On the extreme left is Jackson’s Bridge with an impression of the buildings on South Boat Quay. The small huts on the bank of the river in the middle represent Kampong Malacca. This land was subsequently filled in for the further extension of Chinatown. In the harbour is a steamship with smoke coming from its funnel. This is the first instance of a steamship shown on a print of Singapore.

References;

Teo, Chong &amp Oh P.80, Ill. Plate 16, p.37 Suen p.93, ill. p.86

Biography:

Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842)

 

Dumont D’Urville was a French explorer, naval officer and rear admiral, who explored the south and western Asia, the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

The second voyage of the Astrolabe to the Pacific.

In 1837 D’Urville wrote to King Louis-Philippe proposing a voyage of exploration of Oceania which was approved. The King ordered that the expedition also aim for the South Magnetic Pole and to claim it for France; if that was not possible, Dumont’s expedition was asked to equal the most southerly latitude of 74°34’S achieved in 1823 by James Weddell. Thus France became part of the international competition for polar exploration, along with the United States and the United Kingdom.

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