Louis Auguste de Sainson (After) Jacques Milbert (Lithographer) A Bès (Printer)

Aiguade a l'anse de l'Astrolabe (Nouvelle Zélande), [Watering place in Astrolabe Bay (New Zealand)]

Aiguade a l'anse de l'Astrolabe (Nouvelle Zélande), [Watering place in Astrolabe Bay (New Zealand)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson, Jacques Milbert, A Bès

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The pleasure the crew of the Astrolabe had in finding the watering place in Tasman Bay, which to this day bears the name Watering Cove, is apparent in the reaction recorded in the account. A stream of the “clearest” water is described, which “snakes across the sand flowing into the sea”, noting that at high tide the ship’s rowboat was able to easily meet all the ship’s water needs. The illustration records the other activities of the sailors. Men sit and stand by the stream’s edge doing their washing, a shirt hangs from a tree branch, while to the right a sailor reclines seemingly in idle chatter. In the idyllic setting the crew seem very relaxed, their shirt sleeves and trousers rolled up, with one bathing his feet in the stream.

Title
Aiguade a l'anse de l'Astrolabe (Nouvelle Zélande), [Watering place in Astrolabe Bay (New Zealand)]
Artist/creator
Production date
1833
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
360 x 549 mm
Inscription
Tastu Editeur, Lith.A.Bes, T. Milbert Lith. Fig par Ve Adam. 39.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2006
Accession no
2006/3/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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