Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper as a midshipman, in the year he entered the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen. PORT ESSINGTON, T. Paul FISCHER.
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper as a midshipman, in the year he entered the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen.

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper…
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper as a midshipman, in the year he entered the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen.

London: June, 1823.

Watercolour over pencil on artist's board, 195cm x 235 mm., signed Paul Fischer, lower left, and dated; in original frame. London, June 1823.

Portrait as a young midshipman: Augustus Küper of Port Essington

A charming portrait of Küper as a young man in naval uniform. Küper served as first lieutenant under Captain Bremer on the Alligator, and was an important officer in this attempt to found a new colony at Port Essington.

A charming portrait of Küper as a young man in naval uniform. Küper served as first lieutenant under Captain Bremer on the Alligator, and was an important officer in this attempt to found a new colony at Port Essington.
Augustus Leopold Küper (1809-1885) was the son of the Rev. Dr. William Küper, chaplain to Queen Adelaide. He entered the Royal Navy in 1823, the year this portrait was painted, and embarked on what was to become an illustrious naval career. In 1837 he was appointed first lieutenant of HMS Alligator which sailed from Plymouth to re-establish a settlement at Port Essington. The ships arrived in Sydney Cove in July, and spent two months revictualling and preparing for their task. Commodore Sir James John Gordon Bremer, the ship's captain--also Küper's father-in-law--was commissioned as a Commandant of the new settlement in northern Australia; Kuper was one of four officers who, with Bremer, were given power to act as Commissioners for Crown Lands. This was in fact the third attempt to establish a settlement in North Australia, the first of which in 1824 was also under the command of Bremer.
After the new settlement was established, Küper returned to Sydney, and on 27 July 1839 was appointed acting commander of HMS Pelorus. He sailed to China with orders to return via Port Essington with a delivery of letters, supplies and official orders, arriving on 24 August 1839. Three months later a fearsome cyclone struck and the Pelorus was driven on to the beach with tremendous force, and was pushed over leaving the mast submerged and the keel exposed; Küper made an ink and watercolour painting "View of H.M. Brig Pelorus after the Hurricane at Port Essington Nov. 1839" now in the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, (acq.1989) and an ink drawing of the same subject from a different angle inscribed 'View of H.M. Brig Pelorus after the Hurricane at Port Essington Nov 25 1839 During which driven on shore and buried 9 feet in the mud for 86 days'. Kuper took charge of the massive operation to refloat the ship which he carried out with great expertise and ingenuity. He went on to have a long and successful career, serving particularly in Chinese and Pacific waters.
This delicate portrait of the young midshipman is by the Royal Academician Paul Fischer. Although only fourteen years of age, and only just admitted into the Royal Navy, Fischer has certainly captured the young man's poise and confidence. Fischer, was an active miniaturist and portrait painter in London. He started exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1817 and was to have an extraordinary total of eighty works accepted for the annual Royal Academy exhibitions during his very successful career. His large body of work includes several commissions for the Prince Regent and for the Princess Royal. He painted a number of portraits of the Küper family, three of which were exhibited at the Royal Academy: "The Daughters of the Rev. Dr. Küper", and "William and George Küper" in 1826, and then in 1842, "Miss Küper".

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