Meeting direct descendants of famous mariners is for me always thrilling, I feel it a privilege an honour and of course one wonders what traits they have in common with their famous ancestor. Today, ‘Lapérouse and the First Fleet’ created a happy occasion.
Next best is meeting them via the Internet.
Today via facebook I have a new, modest connection with Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, of Albi, via a direct descendant, who lives in the USA.
Laperouse, commemorated in Albi with a statue and the ‘place de Laperouse’ near the centre of Albi, was the French answer to the discoveries that stunned all Europe, by Captain James Cook and his crew.
If you enjoy a good yarn, take a look at this: “Laperouse and the First Fleet”.
You can discover the story of “Laperouse and the First Fleet” by following the hyperlinks on page https://www.frickers.co.uk/art/marine-art/merchant-sail/laperouse-at-botany-bay/
In summary, my painting, very carefully researched includes a day I found myself holding the original chart, not any chart, I was holding the original chart of Botany Bay drawn by Captain James Cook.
Awesome to think of the lives that chart changed !
I am also able to say with quiet confidence, the ships portrayed are the most accurate representations you will ever see of ‘Astrolabe’ and ‘Boussole’.
I studied sketches made by the crew and French records.
“Laperouse and the First Fleet” measuring 61 x 91 cms (24″ x 36″), oils, available, £4,000.
My painting is my tribute to the gallant Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, of Albi, and his men.