C1833

Village de Korora-Reka (Nouvelle Zelande.)

Scarce lithograph of the village of Kororareka, Russell, New Zealand from the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville. A close-up view from the water of two canoes drawn up on the beach and several low European dwellings … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Village de Korora-Reka (Nouvelle Zelande.)

Date:

C1833

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured Chine-collé lithograph on India paper

Image Size: 

345mm 
x 235mm

Paper Size: 

535mm 
x 355mm
AUTHENTICITY
Village de Korora-Reka (Nouvelle Zelande.) - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

Scarce lithograph of the village of Kororareka, Russell, New Zealand from the voyage of exploration under the command of Dumont D’Urville.

A close-up view from the water of two canoes drawn up on the beach and several low European dwellings beyond in a sheltered bay. A pataka (storage platform) can be seen on the hill behind the houses. Two Maori are seated in front of the houses and two are standing behind a low Maori whare on the right.

D’Urville had sailed from Port Jackson on 19.12.26 and sighted the south coast of New Zealand on 10 th  January 1827 near the site of present day Greymouth. Although his instructions were to carry out a little charting in Cook Strait, D’Urville’s plan was much more ambitious – he was to chart at least half of the coast of New Zealand, thereby providing a clear challenge to the supposition that Cook’s survey had placed the islands firmly in the British Domain. He chartered the islands during January to March of 1827 from just south of Cape Foulwind (west coast of the South Island), past Farewell Spit, into Golden and Tasman Bays, through Cook Strait, and up the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, from its southernmost to its northernmost point.

From D’Urville, Voyage of the Corvette Astrolabe Executed by Order of the King during the years 1826-1827-1828-1829, under the Command .

 

Collections:
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand: B-052-006
Auckland Art Gallery Toiotamaki: Accession no 2009/3/11
State Library New South Wales: Album ID : 1014726 /146

Louis Auguste de Sainson (1800 - 1887)

French artist on the voyage of exploration on board the Astrolabe under the command of Dumont D’Urville which explored and visited the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He began his naval career at the port of Rochefort, working there from 21 August 1825 until 6 January 1826, where he joined the Astrolabe as a draughtsman. The Astrolabe visited Australia from October to December 1826 and De Sainson made a number of drawings of King George Sound (WA), Westernport VIC), and Jervis Bay NSW and Sydney). On the Astrolable’s return to Australian waters during December 1827 to early January 1828 the Astrolabe anchored at Hobart Town where de Sainson made a number of important drawings of Hobart and its environs. On his return to France de Sainson was part of the editorial group that made the official account Historical Atlas of the expedition ready or publication. In November 1829, at Dumont d’Urville’s request, de Sainson was promoted commis de marine 3e classe. He became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneurin August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833. Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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