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Vue du Port du Roi Georges (Nouvelle Hollande)
, 1833

by Louis Auguste de Sainson

coloured lithograph (sheet: 34.0 cm x 52.2 cm, image: 18.5 cm x 35.1 cm)

On loan to the National Portrait Gallery

Louis-Auguste de Sainson was 24 when he joined the French navy as an administrator based in the Atlantic port of Rochefort. After two years there he volunteered to take part as draughtsman in the second voyage to the Pacific conducted by Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville, joining d’Urville’s vessel Astrolabe at Toulon in February 1826. Between this time and April 1829, d’Urville sailed around southern Australia, to New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji among other places. On the Australian continent the expedition spent considerable time at King George’s Sound, Westernport Bay and Jervis Bay, and also in Sydney. De Sainson made some 500 drawings during the course of the expedition, and was a member of the editorial team that oversaw the production of the official account of the venture, Voyage de la corvette l’Astrolabe: execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, published in Paris between 1830 and 1835. Thirty-six lithographs after de Sainson’s drawings of Australian people, artefacts, landscapes and townscapes appeared in the zoological and historical atlases accompanying the six-volume publication. De Sainson was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1831. He accompanied a French scientific expedition to Russia several years later.

courtesy of Hordern House Rare Books, Sydney
Accession number: LOAN2018.27.1