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Australian Aborigine. Nouvelle-Hollande. Y-erran-gou-la-ga portrait. Baudin c1807.

Australian Aborigine. Nouvelle-Hollande. Y-erran-gou-la-ga portrait. Baudin c1807.

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by Baudin - Peron

Antique print of Y-erran-gou-la-ga (or Mousquita), an aboriginal male near Sydney in 1802.

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 stipple engraving with contemporary (original) colour, engraved by Barthelemy Roger with collaboration of J. Milbert, after the painting c1802 by Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777-1805) (assistant gunner 4th class on board the Géographe, who assumed duties as artist during the 1800 to 1804 Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) by Captain Nicolas Baudin. This fine copperplate engraving was printed by Langlois in Paris circa 1807.

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 and artist after the death of expedition zoologist René Maugé) and Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777-1804) who had had classical art training from Jacques-Louis David).

32 x 24cm page, with foxing marks, but a fine engraving nevertheless. 

Stock Number: apvAb1Price: $385.00