HMS "Rattlesnake" Commanded by Captain Owen Stanley R.N.
HMS "Rattlesnake" Commanded by Captain Owen Stanley R.N. entering the Louisiade Archipelago, June 14th, 1849.

London: Day and Son, 1852.

Coloured lithograph measuring 250 x 350 mm., mounted and framed.

Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine survey of the Great Barrier Reef and seas off New Guinea. Brierly joined the vessel in 1848 and painted skilful and beautiful marine studies throughout the voyage.

Dramatic and finely executed coloured lithograph of the survey vessel HMS Rattlesnake by eminent marine artist Sir Oswald Brierly (1817 - 1894). Under the command of Captain Stanley Owen the Rattlesnake undertook an extensive marine survey of the Great Barrier Reef and seas off New Guinea. Brierly joined the vessel in 1848 and painted skilful and beautiful marine studies throughout the voyage.

Significantly, the expedition was also concerned with investigating the diverse natural history of the tropical coast of northern Australia and the archipelagos to the east of New Guinea. The chief naturalist, John MacGillivray, was assisted by the youthful surgeon Thomas H. Huxley who was later renowned as a leading biologist of the era.

This lithograph depicts the Rattlesnake entering the Louisiade Archipelago located 200 kilometres to the southeast of New Guinea. This hydrography of this region was virtually unknown by the mid nineteenth-century, largely due to the previous control of the region by the Dutch who discouraged British naval activity in the area. Surveying such waters was skilful and dangerous work, justly celebrated in commemorative prints such as this one.

Price (AUD): $4,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4005793

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