C1833

Vue De L’Aiguade Du Capne Cook, a Houahoua.

A superb hand coloured example of this rare lithograph of Tolaga Bay, New Zealand named by James Cook in 1769, from the accounts of Dumont D’Urville’s voyage of exploration and discovery. The Astrolabe entered Tolaga Bay in early February, and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vue De L’Aiguade Du Capne Cook, a Houahoua.

Date:

C1833

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

375mm 
x 225mm

Paper Size: 

530mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vue De L'Aiguade Du Capne Cook, a Houahoua. - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

A superb hand coloured example of this rare lithograph of Tolaga Bay, New Zealand named by James Cook in 1769, from the accounts of Dumont D’Urville’s voyage of exploration and discovery.

The Astrolabe entered Tolaga Bay in early February, and was of much interest to local Māori. Many waka came to view the boat and the crew were pleased to replenish supplies there. Officers went ashore to make observations, as did de Sainson and the naturalist. D’Urville made an interesting observation regarding the naming of the Bay, “It is worthy of remark that the names of Tolaga…are quite unknown to the Natives; but it has long since been averred that Cook, so full of sagacity otherwise, had little aptitude in acquiring the names of the peoples he visited, and, above all, in representing them in writing. The true name of the bay, Tologa, or, at least, of the district which surrounds it, is Houa-Houa, and it is that which we have adopted.” Houa-Houa was the French attempt at Uawa, the Māori name for the area. This plate depicts local Māori interacting with crew men, beyond them to the right is a hut and to the left a waterfall. ref Auckland Art Gallery.

Collections:
Auckland Art Gallery Toiotamaki: Accession no 2009/3/7
National Library New Zealand: Ref B-052-015
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand: RB000276/045a

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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