1826 (1833) Dumont D’Urville – King George Sound


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Original lithograph depicting the French sailors, with the assistance of the local indigenous people, loading fresh water onto the ship’s long-boat for transport onto The Astrolabe.  Here a rather ingenious  method of taking on water is being employed, using flexible ‘hose’ with a funnel-shaped opening through which water is poured to fill the casks. Drawn by Louis Auguste de Sainson, the artist on board the French exploration ship Astrolabe, led by Captain Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont D’Urville. Published Paris 1833.


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The Astrolabe was at King George Sound from 15 to 25 October 1826. An observatory and tents were set up on the right bank near the entrance to Princess Royal Harbour. D’Urville described it as a very beautiful watering place. Abundant supplies of wood and good water were obtainable at a short distance, and the Astrolabe had safe anchorage. D’Urville concluded that it would be difficult to find a more suitable place to establish a colony, and he professed astonishment that the English had not already done so. In fact, Major Edmund Lockyer arrived only two months after the departure of the Astrolabe and established a settlement at Princess Royal Harbour.

Dimensions 36 × 28 cm

Dimensions With Mount

62 x 52cm


Dumont D'Urville 1826-29


Paris 1833



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