Lapérouse and the First Fleet

I’m quietly confident no other painting so accurately portrays the two ships commanded by Lapérouse or better shows the approach to Botany bay at that period.

Laperouse and the First Fleet, Botany Bay

Laperouse and the First Fleet, Botany Bay

By Gordon Frickers measuring 61 x 91 cms (24″ x 36″), oils,  available, £4,000.

Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)

Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)

The painting

The setting is Botany Bay, South Australia.

My Lapérouse painting is based among other things on the original chart made by Captain James Cook which I was privileged to have access to at the secured facility, Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Taunton.

In addition at UKHO I was given access to water colour paintings made by captains of R N ships for navigational purposes (all made long before the invention of photography) of Botany Bay.

I also made a very careful and detailed study of the few existing drawings made of Astrolabe and Boussole during the voyage, much assisted by the staff of the Musee de Laperouse, Albi, France, and Mr. Stephen Best, relating those impressions to what is known about the types of ships they were.

Further reading, Laperouse & Botany Bay.

At UKHO with Guy Hannaford, looking at the Serres watercolours.

At UK Hydrographic Office with Guy Hannaford showing me “The Coffin”, it’s amazing watercolours by Serres,  treasure at UKHO !

My painting is my tribute to the gallant Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, of Albi, and his men.

 Main Text, further reading

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