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1807
Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

from the series ‘Nouvelle-Hollande’
engraving, hand-coloured on paper (sheet: 34.0 cm x 25.6 cm, plate-mark: 31.5 cm x 24.5 cm)

This is an engraving based on one of several drawings made in Sydney in 1802 by Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777–1804), an artist on Nicolas Baudin’s expedition. Having participated in two scientific expeditions during the 1790s, Baudin was commissioned by the French government in 1800 to survey the Australian coast. The voyage, endorsed by Napoleon, was also tasked with studying natural history and making detailed scientific observations of Indigenous people. Consequently, Baudin’s vessels, Le Géographe and Le Naturaliste, were lavishly equipped, with twenty-two scientists among the expedition’s company. Petit and another artist, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, embarked as gunner’s mates, but were elevated to official artist roles when the men initially appointed to those posts quit six months into the expedition. Lesueur focussed on the recording of landscape and species, while the depiction of the people fell largely to Petit, a Paris-born draughtsman who’d had some training in the studio of Jacques-Louis David. After surveying the western and southern coats of the continent throughout the latter half of 1801, in early 1802 Baudin’s ships called at the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island and Maria Island in Tasmania, where Petit made several portraits which have subsequently come to be considered important records of Indigenous life in the period prior to permanent European colonisation. From June to November 1802, the expedition was delayed in Sydney while the two vessels were repaired, providing the opportunity for Petit to complete portraits of people of the Cadigal, Dharawal, Gweagal, Kurringai and Darug language groups of the Sydney region.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

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Artist and subject

Nicolas-Martin Petit

Barthélemy Roger (age 40 in 1807)

Supported by

Ross A. Field (12 portraits supported)

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