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Australian Aborigine. Nouvelle-Hollande. Oui-re-kine Portrait. Antique Print c1807

Australian Aborigine. Nouvelle-Hollande. Oui-re-kine Portrait. Antique Print c1807

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by Baudin - Peron

Fine antique print of female aborigine ('gin'), Oui-re-kine. 

As noted by Captain Cook in his journal "... their features were far from being disagreeable. ... Most of them had their hair and beards smeared with a red ointment, and some also had their faces painted with the same composition."

Beautiful mezzotint with contemporary (original) colour, engraved by B. Roger after the painting by Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777-1805) for the 1800 to 1804 Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) by Captain Nicolas Baudin.

Baudin died on the return voyage to France in 1803. Peron prepared the journals of maps and historical views for publication. It was one of the finest publications ever issued on early Australia. Finely detailed illustrations were produced by the official artists on the voyage, artist Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846) (who assumed duties as naturalist after the death of expedition zoologist René Maugé) and Nicolas-Martin Petit (who was an artist who had been classically-trained by Jacques-Louis David).  This fine copperplate engraving was printed by Langlois and published by J. Hilbert in 1807. 

Stock Number: apvAa3Price: $330.00