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Jules de Blosseville, c. 1830

François Jacques Dequevauvillier (engraver)

steel engraving on paper (sheet: 22.0 cm x 14.0 cm)

Jules Poret de Blosseville (1802-1833), geographer, navigator and explorer, was a junior officer on the Coquille, which, under the command of Louis Isidore Duperrey, conducted a voyage to Oceania and South America between 1822 and 1825. Despite being under instruction to assess the suitability of the coast of Western Australia as a site for a French settlement, Duperrey sailed to Sydney, where de Blosseville decided to make a study of British colonisation techniques. He subsequently spent a month in New South Wales in 1824, working with Sir Thomas Brisbane at the latter’s Parramatta observatory and gathering information on the colony’s history and progress. Much of this work was incorporated into the book written by de Blosseville’s brother, Ernest Poret de Blosseville: Histoire des colonies pénales de l'Angleterre dans l'Australie, published in Paris in 1831. After returning to France in 1825, de Blosseville maintained correspondence with acquaintances in New South Wales, and came to be considered an authority on the colony. In 1826 he was invited to realise the original, overlooked task of Duperrey’s voyage, reporting to the French government on whether the west coast of Australia might provide a suitable site for a French penal colony; and he also presented a proposal for the colonisation of New Zealand. In the late 1820s, de Blosseville was engaged in French explorations of India, Burma and the Mediterranean before, in 1833, being appointed to the command of an expedition to the Arctic aboard the Lilloise, which disappeared at sea. A stretch of Greenland coast is named after him.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Accession number: 2014.40

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François Jacques Dequevauvillier (age 47 in 1830)

Jules Poret de Blosseville (age 28 in 1830)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.