Sauvage montant sur un arbre.(Nouvelle hollande.)
Lithograph. Sheet: 145 x 225mm, (5¾ x 9").
A European artist-traveller, his portfolio under his arm, watches an aboriginal Australian climb a tree to cut down a branch with his axe. Plate to 'Souvenirs d'un aveugle (blind man)' by Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790 - 1855), who is probably the European figure depicted. A French writer, artist and explorer, Arago joined Louis de Freycinet on his 1817 voyage around the world aboard the ship Uranie, which inspired his witty 'Voyage autour du monde'. Although he lost his sight in 1837, he went on travelling and writing for the theatre.
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