Fine Art Auctions

Louis Le Breton (1818-66) France Australia New Zealand

Lot 3
Bridgewater Ile Van-Dieman
21 x 34cm (image)47 x 59cm (fr)
Condition Excellent
Inscribed below plate 'Gide Editeur' and title, lower left 'Dessine par Le Breton lith par Sabatier' lower right 'Imp par Lemercier' upper right 'Atlas Pittoresque Pl.165'
Atlas Pittoresque Published Jules Dumont d'Urville Gibe Paris 1846
Estimate: $400 - $600

Catalogue Details

John Webber RA served as official artist on James Cook's third voyage of discovery around the Pacific (1776–80) aboard HMS Resolution. At Adventure Bay in January 1777 he did drawings of "A Man of Van Diemen's Land" and "A Woman of Van Diemen's Land". He also did many drawings of scenes in New Zealand and the South Sea islands. On this voyage, during which Cook lost his life in a fight in Hawaii, Webber became the first European artist to make contact with Hawaii, then called the Sandwich Islands. He made numerous watercolor landscapes of the islands of Kauai and Hawaii