Lapérouse and the First Fleet

I’m quietly confident no other painting so accurately portrays these two ships or better shows the approach to Botany bay. This claim is explained in the following texts, thus this marine painting is an excellent, timeless investment, enjoy.

Laperouse and the First Fleet, Botany Bay
Laperouse and the First Fleet, Botany Bay

“Lapérouse and the First Fleet” measures 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), oils,   available, 6,000 Euros.

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Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)
Laperouse and the First Fleet (detail)

The painting

Our setting is Botany Bay, South Australia and my tribute to the gallant Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, of Albi, Tarn Province, and his men.


At Taunton in Somerset.

My Lapérouse painting is based among other things on the original chart made by Captain James Cook. I was very 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. These were made navigational purposes of Botany Bay, long before the invention of photography.

I made a very careful and detailed study of the few existing drawings made of Astrolabe and Boussole during the voyage

Then related those impressions to what is known about the appropriate types of ships.

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” with it’s amazing watercolours by Serres, real treasure at UKHO !


 Main Text, Further Reading

I was greatly assisted by staff of the Musée and members of the Association Lapérouse, Albi, France & Mr. Stephen Best.
Do try and visit the splendid little Musée Lapérouse at Albi, the home town of this gallant navigator.

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