MENARD, Romuald George (painter); FRÈRES, Thierry; SABATIER, Léon Jean Baptiste (lithographers)
Vue de Sydney et de l’entree de la Riviere de Paramatta (panorama in two sections)
Two plates, forming a continuous panorama, from: Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les années 1836-1839 … atlas pittoresque. [Paris : Gide, 1841]. Tinted lithographs, 170 x 420 mm; pale foxing to the margins of the first plate, else in fine condition.
The voyage of the Vénus, under the command of Abel du Petit-Thouars, was critical to the establishment of a French colonial presence in the Pacific, as well as for the promotion and protection of French commercial activities around the globe. It achieved its primary objective of establishing a French protectorate over Tahiti and the Marquesas. The Frenchmen arrived in Sydney in 1838, this magnificent panorama shows the harbour from perspective of Pinchgut Island (Fort Denison) with the Venus sailing in the foreground