1816 Land Profile – North Western Australia and Northern Territory


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Original hand coloured engraving showing coastal land profiles of the north-western coast of Western Australia and Melville and Bathurst Islands, Northern Territory drawn by Charles Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846), the natural history artist and naturalist on board the French exploration ships ‘Geographe’ and ‘Naturaliste’ commanded by Nicolas Baudin and Louis Freycinet during their expedition to Australia 1801-1803.

1,2,3: Coronation Islands near Brunswick Bay, entrance to Prince Regent’s River.

4,5: Bonaparte Archipelago, Admiralty Gulf

6: Bathurst Island, Near Darwin, Northern Territory

7. Melville Island, Near Darwin, Northern Territory

This original land profile was published in the work that Francois Peron and Lieutenant Louis de Freycinet combined to produce the official account of the Baudin / Freycinet expedition and explorations of Australia in 1801-1803. Titled Voyage des Decouvertes aux Terra Australis…, the first volume and its illustrated atlas appeared in 1807. After Peron’s death in 1810, Lesueur helped Freycinet bring out the second part of the atlas in 1811 and the second volume of the voyage in 1816. The majority of the illustrations in the work were after the drawings by Lesueur and Nicholas Petit. Petit, the latter, provided much of the portraiture, while Lesueur’s work was used for the natural history studies, views, coastal profiles and sketches of native huts and implements. He provided only two purely landscape views, one of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and the other a view of the Harbour taken from Government House. Understandably his landscapes were very topographical: even his vignettes of native life and customs carefully delineate the surrounding scenery. Most of the 1500 drawings Lesueur took back to France were of zoological and marine subjects. The majority of these were never published.



Dimensions 35 × 26 cm
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Nouvelle Hollande

Dimensions with Mount

51 x 42cm


Paris 1816


Excellent condition. Original colour as published.

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