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

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

London: William Mackenzie, circa 1840.

Stipple engraving, 170 x 120 mm (plate size). Good. Almost identical to the portrait printed by Charles Knight (Nan Kivell & Spence p.171), this one has the addition of bushes in the background and the sky.

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.

Price (AUD): $385.00  other currencies     Ref: #4007942