La Perouse from a Miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby. LA PEROUSE, Thomas WOOLNOTH, engraver.

La Perouse from a Miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby

London: Charles Knight, circa 1830.

Stipple engraving, 140 x 110 mm (plate size). Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Fine.

La Pérouse was born at Albi in 1741 and was commissioned in 1785 by Louis XVI to head an expedition to the Pacific Ocean. He was under instructions to investigate whaling and fur prospects, as well as the possibility of establishing French territorial claims in Australia. La Pérouse was the first French explorer to visit Hawaii, and later landed in Botany Bay just five days after the First Fleet arrived. After establishing a friendly rapport with the English officers, La Pérouse refitted his ships and sailed for the Solomon Islands, but was never heard from again.

La Pérouse was born at Albi in 1741 and was commissioned in 1785 by Louis XVI to head an expedition to the Pacific Ocean. He was under instructions to investigate whaling and fur prospects, as well as the possibility of establishing French territorial claims in Australia. La Pérouse was the first French explorer to visit Hawaii, and later landed in Botany Bay just five days after the First Fleet arrived. After establishing a friendly rapport with the English officers, La Pérouse refitted his ships and sailed for the Solomon Islands, but was never heard from again.
In 1791, the French government commissioned d'Entrecasteaux to lead an expedition in search of La Pérouse, but failed to find any trace of his ships. It was not until 1827 that the charismatic Pacific trader Peter Dillon traced the wrecks expedition to Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands, after he was offered a sword that clearly belonged to a French officer, on the neighbouring Tikopia island.

Nan Kivell & Spence, page 171.

Price (AUD): $385.00  other currencies     Ref: #4007938

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