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Hamelin Lithograph Antoine Maurin 1837

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Antique print relating to Australia


Portrait of Baron Jacques Felix Emmanuel Hamelin (1768 - 1839) who was a rear admiral of the French navy and later a Baron. He commanded numerous naval expeditions and battles with the British Navy as well as exploratory voyages in the Indian Ocean and the South Seas. From 1 October 1800 to 23 June 1803, Hamelin captained the ship 'Naturaliste', along with Captain Nicolas Baudin on the 'Geographe' on a scientific expedition exploring the South Seas. This voyage was intended by the French government to establish a port in the southern seas before the British. Hamelin and Baudin, along with their crews, undertook extensive mapping of the coastlines of Australia and New Guinea. The voyage included a visit to Dirk Hartog Island in 1801, where a party of Hamelin's men discovered a plate, left by Willem de Vlamingh in 1697, which had in turn replaced an earlier plate left by Dirk Hartog in 1616. Hamelin's men initially removed the plate but it was returned on his orders and left intact until a later visit by Louis de Freycinet in 1818. De Freycinet was on Hamelin's 1801 crew.

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artist Antoine Maurin (1793-1860)
method Lithograph
date 1837
size 225mm by 140mm (sheet)
SKU AU7128