C1841

Vue de L'Eglise et de la baie de Huaheine. (Iles de la Societe)

Scarce view of Huahine one of the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia. After the Venus’s stay at the Marquesas Islands the expedition arrived at Tahiti on 28/8/38. Within three days, after threats of vio.ent retalition against the British resident, Reverend … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vue de L’Eglise et de la baie de Huaheine. (Iles de la Societe)

Date:

C1841

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Chine colle lithograph, hand coloured.

Image Size: 

265mm 
x 165mm

Paper Size: 

520mm 
x 340mm
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Vue de L'Eglise et de la baie de Huaheine. (Iles de la Societe) - Antique View from 1841

Genuine antique
dated:

1841

Description:

Scarce view of Huahine one of the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia.

After the Venus’s stay at the Marquesas Islands the expedition arrived at Tahiti on 28/8/38. Within three days, after threats of vio.ent retalition against the British resident, Reverend George Pritchard, the Amercian consul, Jacques-Antoine Moerenhout abd queen Pomare, he had fulfilled his instructions and obtained from the queen a most favoured nation agreement under which French Nationals were guaranteed rights of residence in Tahiti. On 10/9/38 he sailed to Matavai Bay, where he had heard that the Astrolabe and Zelee had arrived with the expedition of Dumont d’Urville whose presence added further weight to the French cause. Dupetit Thouars spent the next two weeks on hydrographic work.

From Voyage Autour du Monde sur La Venus 1836-1839.

 

 

References:
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 518.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 2970.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967.: 21354.
Howgego, J. Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800-1850. Sydney 2004: D38, pp.185-187.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1849285

Abel Aubert Dupetit-Thouars (1793 - 1864)

Dupetit-Thouars was a French naval officer. His uncle Aristide Aubert du Petit-Thouars was one of the heroes of the Battle of the Nile. He joined the French Navy in 1804, where he was a cabin boy in the Boulogne fleet. He was the captain of the Inconstant from 1823 to 1825 and sailed her to Brazil. He was promoted to Commander in 1824. He was later put in charge of the Southern Seas command, in the Pacific Ocean. In 1834 he played a key role in protecting French shipping interests against the Peruvians. Meeting with Hawaiians in July 1837 He became "Capitaine de vaisseau" on 6 January 1834, and accomplished a circumnavigation between 1836 and 1839 on the frigate Vénus. During this voyage the Marquesa's were explored. He published an account in 1840 with the title Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus. In 1841 he was made Rear-Admiral in charge of the Pacific Naval Division. His mission was to take possession of the Marquesas Islands. In Tahiti, he confronted Queen Pōmare IV, and the English missionary and Consul George Pritchard (1796–1883). He managed to expel Pritchard and established a French protectorate over Tahiti. He was initially denounced for his actions by the French government, which feared a conflict with Great Britain. Relations between France and Great Britain soured considerably during the reign of Louis-Philippe, due to this so-called "Pritchard Affair". Du Petit-Thouars became a Vice-Admiral in 1846.

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Jacques-Antoine Moerenhout (1796 - 1879)

Moerenhout was a Belgian born merchant seaman and ethologist, had previously served as Dutch consul at Valparaiso and had settled in Tahiti in 1830. His business interests led him through the Pacific, taking him to Pitcairn, Fiji, Gambier and Easter Island. He was appointed United States consul to the Pacific Islands in 1835, and French consul in 1838. After seventeen years on the island he left Tahiti in 1847 to become French consul at Monterey California, during the gold-rush period. In June 1848 he toured the gold fields above Sacramento and reported back on them and the subsequent development of the gold rush. He died in Los Angeles in 1879.

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