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Charles Wilkes portrait engraving Alonzo Chappel

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Charles Wilkes


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Antique print relating to Australia


Facsimile signature under the engraving. Charles Wilkes (1798 - 1877) was an American naval officer and explorer. He led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. The United States Exploring Expedition, commonly known as the "Wilkes Expedition" was carried by the USS Vincennes (780 tons) and USS Peacock (650 tons), the brig USS Porpoise (230 tons), the store-ship USS Relief, and two schooners, USS Sea Gull (110 tons) and USS Flying Fish (96 tons). Departing from Hampton Roads on August 18, 1838, the expedition stopped at the Madeira Islands and Rio de Janeiro; visited Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Tuamotu Archipelago, Samoa, and New South Wales; from Sydney, Australia sailed into the Antarctic Ocean in December 1839 and reported the discovery "of an Antarctic continent west of the Balleny Islands" of which it sighted the coast on January 25, 1840. REF : AUSPORT

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artist After Alonzo Chappel from a photograph
method Steel-engraving
date 1864
size 190mm by 140mm (image) 285mm by 210mm (sheet)
SKU AU7588