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Captain Henry Wilson Aquatint portrait engraving Russell

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Captain Henry Wilson


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Antique print relating to Australia

Details Henri Wilson' Henry Wilson (1740-1810) was an English naval captain of the British East India Company. He commanded the packet ship Antelope, when it shipwrecked off Ulong Island, near Koror Island in Palau in 1783. Lee Boo from Palau returned to England with Wilson, and lived with his family in Rotherhithe. After a few months, he died of smallpox in 1784. Much interest in Palau followed. Wilson's collection of curiosities, that were exchanged with the ibedul and form the earliest known group of Palau artifacts, are held by the British Museum. George Keate wrote an account of Wilson's experiences in 1788, a book heavily influenced by the current conceptions concerning the "noble savage". From 'Illustrations de Relation des Iles Pelew situ_es dans la partie occidentale de l'Ocean Pacifique, compos_e sur les journaux et les communications du capitaine Henri Wilson et de quelques-uns de ses officiers, qui, en Aout 1783, y ont fait naufrage sur l'Altelope...'. Previously glued at far corners leaving marks, as can be seen from the photo. This could be mounted out.

Additional Information

artist Emilie Massard after John Russell RA (1745-1806)
method Aquatint
date 1788
size 190mm by 110mm (platemark)
SKU AU4753