Louis Auguste de Sainson (Artist) Jean Louis Tirpenne (Lithographer) Victor Adam (Lithographer)

Tronc d'Arbre, de 100 pieds de circonférence, près de Moua, (Tonga-Tabou), [Trunk of a tree, of 100 feet circumference, near Mu’a, (Tongatapu)]

Tronc d'Arbre, de 100 pieds de circonférence, près de Moua, (Tonga-Tabou), [Trunk of a tree, of 100 feet circumference, near Mu’a, (Tongatapu)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson, Jean Louis Tirpenne, Victor Adam

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While the spell on Tongatapu was punctuated by dramatic events, time was also spent exploring the island, collecting and drawing natural history specimens and exchanging items with locals. This enormous tree near the water obviously captured their interest, its size is emphasised by the tiny figures at its base. Members of the crew, with the help of a Tongan man, appear to be measuring the tree's circumference using a length of rope.

Title
Tronc d'Arbre, de 100 pieds de circonférence, près de Moua, (Tonga-Tabou), [Trunk of a tree, of 100 feet circumference, near Mu’a, (Tongatapu)]
Artist/creator
Production date
1833
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
495 x 320 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2009/3/13
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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