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Lacepede Bay depicted
Title : Lacepede Bay depicted Lacepede Bay depicted
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Creator : Lesueur, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846
Source : Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes, execute par ordre de sa Majeste, l,Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Geographe, le Naturaliste et la Goelette le Casuarina, pendant les annees 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804;... Atlas, plate 5
Place Of Creation : Paris
Publisher : De L,Imprimerie Imperiale
Date of creation : 1802
Additional Creator : Freycinet, Louis de, 1779-1842
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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These seven coastal profiles of the Victorian and South Australian coast were drawn for Nicolas Baudin's expedition of 1800-1803. Line 3 is of Lacepede Bay near Cape Bernouilli (now Cape Jaffa) in the south-east and Line 4 is of part of Fleurieu Peninsula. In line 5 (K) shows Ile Turenne which is actually Waterhouse Point on Thistle Island in Spencer Gulf; (L) Ile Lagrange is Boston Island. Lines 6 and 7 show portions of the west coast of the state, with (Q) Ile Cuvier being Olive's Island. In the era before photography the profiles of newly discovered coasts formed an important part of the descriptions of new found lands, enabling later travellers along these coasts to identify exactly where they were. The drawings are an insight into the views of the coast before settlement and colonisation changed the appearance of the land.

Born in Le Havre in January 1778, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur was the son of a naval officer. He loved drawing, especially natural history, and wanted to travel to far off lands. He joined the Baudin expedition as a crew member, and like fellow artist Nicolas-Martin Petit was able to take over as an expedition artist when the official artists resigned. Lesueur became the natural history artist, and his images of Australia's exotic marine life are particularly striking. He was a friend of the expedition's chief scientist Francois Peron, and when Peron became ill after the expedition had returned to France, Lesueur nursed him until his death in 1810. In 1815 Lesueur went to the United States and travelled extensively there and in the West Indies before deciding to settle in Philadelphia. Lesueur stayed in the United States for 25 years, where he discovered a number of zoological species including tortoises and fishes. He taught painting, and was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Lesueur returned to France in 1837, and in 1845 went back to Le Havre to oversee the building of the Natural History Museum. He became this museum's first Director. Lesueur died in 1846, having been awarded the Legion of Honour in the previous year.
Related names :

Freycinet, Louis de, 1779-1842

Peron, Francois, 1775-1810

Lesueur, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846

Baudin, Nicolas, 1754-1803

Coverage year : 1802
Period : Pre-1836
Place : Kingston, South Australia
Region : South East
Further reading :
Peron, Francois,Voyage of discovery to the southern lands: second edition, 1824. Book IV, comprising chapters XXII to XXXIV Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2003

Cooper, H. M. The unknown coast: (a supplement) Adelaide: The author, 1955 (Adelaide: E.J. McAlister)

Science and the French and British navies, 1700 - 1850 edited by Pieter van der Merwe Greenwich [England]: National Maritime Museum, 2003

The Encounter, 1802: art of the Flinders and Baudin voyages [compiled by] Sarah Thomas Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002

Hunt, Susan Terre Napoleon: Australia through French eyes, 1800-1804 Sydney: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales in association with Hordern House, 1999

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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