Vue de l'Entrée de Sydney-Cove. (Nouvelle Galles du Sud). SYDNEY COVE, M. de after V. Adam SAINSON.

Vue de l'Entrée de Sydney-Cove. (Nouvelle Galles du Sud).

Paris: Tastu, 1833.

Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted.

Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's Chair. An elegant four-in-hand carriage occupies the foreground, but it is the glimpses of Sydney beyond that are of most interest.

Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's Chair. An elegant four-in-hand carriage occupies the foreground, but it is the glimpses of Sydney beyond that are of most interest.

The Astrolabe sailed via the Cape of Good Hope, through Bass Straits, stopped at Port Phillip, and arrived at Sydney on December 2, 1828. The expedition found that the local authorities were disturbed by renewed French activity in Australian waters and were actively working to forestall French settlements, with the declaration "the whole of New Holland is subject to His Britannic Majesty's Government".

Governor Darling with growing anxiety watched as Dumont d'Urville went about his business in Sydney wearing full uniform, accompanied by officers similarly dressed. After a stay of only 17 days the Astrolabe sailed for New Zealand.A huge amounts of scientific data was collected described and illustrated in sumptuous folio atlases. This fine view was published soon after the expedition returned to Paris. Interestingly, at the time of this visit plans were already in place to begin work on the new Government House, as Governors Brisbane, Darling and Bourke had all complained about the residence shown here.

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