Echouage aux Iles Sandwich (Stranding in the Sandwich Islands) - pl. 43 from "Album Historique - Voyage de la Bonite" by Barthelemy Lauvergne

Echouage aux Iles Sandwich (Stranding in the Sandwich Islands) - pl. 43 from Album Historique - Voyage de la Bonite by Barthelemy Lauvergne

Echouage aux Iles Sandwich (Stranding in the Sandwich Islands) - pl. 43 from "Album Historique - Voyage de la Bonite"

Barthelemy Lauvergne

Title

Echouage aux Iles Sandwich (Stranding in the Sandwich Islands) - pl. 43 from "Album Historique - Voyage de la Bonite"

 
Artist
Year
1840  
Technique
lithograph with handcoloring 
Image Size
7 11/16 x 12 1/4" image size 
Signature
name engraved in plate below image, lower left 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
printer's name engraved below image, lower right; title and publishers' information engraved below image 
Reference
Hill 1752; Sabin 98298; National Library of Australia bib. # 2870468 
Paper
sturdy cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Arthus Bertrand 
Inventory ID
22799 
Price
$750.00 
Description

A very rare plate from the six-plate series of Hawaiian images executed for the "Album Historique", illustrated by Barthelemy Lauvergne for the French government.

Lauvergne was appointed the official artist for the French Navy, and was also trained as a navigator. The government dispatched him as visual recorder for various expeditions, including a circumnavigational trip of political and scientific discovery in 1836 and '37 under the commandment of Auguste Nicholas Valliant, aboard the ship La Bonite.

In 1841 Bertrand published Valliant's crews findings, including the scientific and geographic observations, in one of three atlases published for historic record, titled "Album Historique". Lauvergne was commissioned to oversee the lithographic production of some 100 travel drawings he executed aboard ship. Among these were six plates of their experiences in Hawaii, including of the grounding of their rowboat at Karakakooa Bay.