Finot imp. [Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1832-3.]
Aquatint on india. 360 x 280mm. With blindstamp of the stern of "La Favorite".
From Francois-Edmund Paris's account of Cyrille-Pierre-Théodore Laplace's voyage to the South Seas (1830-2) on 'La Favorite', a corvette of 680 tons and a crew of 177. After exploring the Strait of Malacca, 'le Favorite' sailed for Canton. Anchoring at Tourane [Da Nang] on the east coast of Vietnam, some of the crew took a small boat into the natural canals among grottos there. They were fascinatedby the formations of calcium, some as brilliant and as hard as marble. 'We arrived in a place hidden behind the grotto, secluded, where a truly magical effect struck us with astonishment'. There they found two colossal sculptures carved into the stone, one a strangely dressed figure, and the other a ferocious, fabulous animal.
[Ref: 7531] £220.00