C1807

Terre de Diemen et Nouvelle-Hollande.

The first printed view of Victoria. It has been generally accepted that the first printed images of Victoria are two lithographs by Louis de Sainson, published 1833 in the the official accounts of the voyage of exploration under the command … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Terre de Diemen et Nouvelle-Hollande.

Date:

C1807

Condition:

In good condition, with fine original hand colouring.

Technique:

Stipple engraving printed in blue, with original hand colouring.
AUTHENTICITY
Terre de Diemen et Nouvelle-Hollande. - Antique Print from 1807

Genuine antique
dated:

1807

Description:

The first printed view of Victoria.

It has been generally accepted that the first printed images of Victoria are two lithographs by Louis de Sainson, published 1833 in the the official accounts of the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville in the Corvettes, Astrolabe and Zelle. We believe this engraving is in fact, the earliest, published twenty six years prior to the Dumont D’Urville views in 1807. It was issued in the official published accounts of the Baudin voyage of exploration.

The coastal profiles including the one of the Victorian coast would have been drawn by Charles Lessuer while at sea while the later views by de Sainson, (one of Western Port and the other of Sealers) were made after landing.

The coastal profiles in this engraving, includes the first printed view of theVictorian coast line which is number ‘4’.

1. Mestone (a.) Iles de Witt. (b.)

2. Ile Tasman (c.)

3. La Piramide. (d) Groupe de Kent (e).

4.  Vue du Promontoire de Wilson (f.)

5.Vue d’une partie de la cote Occidentale de Ile Decrees: Cap Borda (g.) ravine des Casoars. (h.)

 

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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