Lapérouse, the First Fleet and Botany Bay, ships on an ill fated voyage of science and discovery.
“Lapérouse and the First Fleet at Botany Bay” 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), available, make me an offer I can’t refuse and I’ll not refuse your offer.
This is the only painting to show these two ships Astrolabe and Boussole reasonably accurately, due to my extensive research and knowledge of marine history, as explained on the ‘further reading’ page.
All the other interpretations I have seen of Astrolabe and Boussole including in the Albi and Paris museums are simply wrong.
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Lapérouse and Australia :
By an extraordinary coincidence the two French ships commanded by Lapérouse, engaged upon scientific discoveries, entered Botany Bay, Australia, the very same day as the First Fleet was evacuating Botany Bay in favour of Port Jackson and Sydney Cove.
The French stay lasted 3 months, enjoying amicable relationships with the tender new British colony.
Fully refitted the French expedition sailed, never to be seen again by Europeans.
Lapérouse ships Astrolabe and Boussole; at the time of writing this painting, meticulously researched, is the only authentic representation of these ships.
I’m quietly confident no other painting portrays these two ships as accurately or better shows the approach to Botany Bay.
The painting is an historic document to entertain us, to guide and inspire future generations.
Our setting is the approach to Botany Bay, South Australia as recorded in the priceless archives of Her Majesties United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.
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painting is in itself a ‘voyage of discovery’ that starts in Albi, France, the beautiful hometown of this renowned French navigator.
For our two French ships, I made as meticulous and detailed study as possible, including of the few surviving drawings made of Astrolabe and Boussole during the voyage of Lapérouse and of similar French ships of the period, their plans, pictures and models.
A tribute to the gallant Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, of Albi, Tarn Province, and his men.
The First Fleet :
were easier to research, being well documented.
The background was researched at and thanks to the staff in particular Mr. Guy Hannaford, at Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Taunton.
You can discover how this painting was researched and produced via my hyperlinked text, ‘Further Reading.
I trust you agree it is fair to say this marine painting is both unusual and an historical document, a timeless investment for us and it’s to be hoped, future generations to be entertained, inspired and enjoy.
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