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Echouage des Corvettes dans le Canal Mauvais (Stranding of the Corvettes in the Bad Channel)

Louis Le Breton1846

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

Rear Admiral Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842) was a French explorer and naval officer who explored the South and Western Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

This lithograph depicts an event which occurred towards the end of his final voyage (1837-1840) when both of his ships, the ASTROLABE and the ZÉLÉE, ran aground while attempting to traverse Torres Strait. It was originally drawn and published by junior surgeon Louis Le Breton who took over from d'Urville's official artist Ernest Goupil after the latter died in Hobart in 1840.

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  • Title: Echouage des Corvettes dans le Canal Mauvais (Stranding of the Corvettes in the Bad Channel)
  • Creator: Louis Le Breton (1818-1866)
  • Date: 1846
  • Type: Lithograph
  • Significance: This lithograph is of great significance in that it provides a visual record of one of the great French exploratory ventures of the 19th century (and, incidentally, one of the last). It is important as a source in both the history of European world exploration and, more specifically, of the European relationship with Australia and its inhabitants.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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