Laperouse and the First Fleet

Almost certainly the only painting to accurately portray the two ships commanded by Laperouse.

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.

Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)

Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)

The painting

The setting is Botany Bay.

It is based among other things on the original chart made by captain James Cook which I was privileged to have access to at Her majesties United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Taunton.

The voyage of Laperouse, that is Jean-François Galaup de Lapérouse, with Astrolabe and Boussole was literally the French response to the discoveries of Captain James Cook, discoveries that were a major sensational in 18 th century Europe.

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

At UK Hydrographic Office with Guy Hannaford,

By one of life’s mysterious coincidences Laperouse arrived at Botany Bay the same day the First Fleet departed to settle at Sydney Cove.

Special thanks due to The L’Association Lapérouse, Albi, France, the staff of the UK Hydrographic Office and to Mr. Stephen Best.

You can discover more about this extraordinary painting and the voyage of Laperouse by following the ‘further reading’ link below.

 Main Text, further reading

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