French sailors and aboriginals, Jervis Bay, New Holland, 1826-1829.
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Lithograph by Langlume drawn by Adam after de Sainson, captioned 'The sailors of the Astrolabe share their catch with the natives'. The 'Astrolabe' was a French ship commanded by Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), on a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Here, Australian aboriginals are depicted as child-like and excitable, grateful for the sailors' kindnes. In fact, the arrival of Europeans in Australia (then called New Holland) led to the murder of indigenous people and the degradation of aboriginal culture. Illustration from 'Voyage de decouvertes de "l'Astrolabe": execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' by Dumont d'Urville, published in Paris in 1833. In English, 'Voyage of discovery of the "Astrolabe": undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829').