'Natives of New Guinea', 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate 36 from 'Voyage autour du monde' ('Voyage round the world') by Louis Isidore Duperrey (1826). These men are tattooed and have elaborate hairstyles. They are from the island of New Guinea which is now divided between the nations of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.