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17292000View of Mount CalebassesThe etchings were made from drawings that were done on site in preparation for the publication Account of the Voyage (Relation du Voyage). View of Mount Calebasses, J.G. Milbert, between 1804 and 1807. View of Mount CalebassesThe etchings were made from drawings that were done on site in preparation for the publication...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/15047-2_det.jpg?itok=w5haF202Muséum du Havre
12162000View of the road to the Pamplemousses gardensThe stay on the Island of France included a visit to the Pamplemousses garden. Originally a garden for cultivating edible plants, it became a botanical garden thanks to Pierre Poivre, chief administrator of the Island of France and the Island of Bourbon (Island of Reunion) from 1767. By 1785, having been under Nicolas Céré for 10 years, the garden included close to 600 species. Plants from here were sent to botanical gardens in Europe, and notably at the end of the 18th century to the Viennese greenhouses of the Schönbrunn palace, which still has a scientific botanical garden today. View of the road to the Pamplemousses gardens, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801View of the road to the...The stay on the Island of France included a visit to the Pamplemousses garden. Originally a garden...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/15001r_det.jpg?itok=lEAVcZZtMuséum du Havre
15382000View of the main Pamplemousses RoadJ.Milbert, 1801View of the main Pamplemousses RoadJ.Milbert, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/15049-1_det.jpg?itok=dYe601BsMuséum du Havre
18112000A fish of the Balistidae familyC.-A. Lesueur, 1801A fish of the Balistidae familyC.-A. Lesueur, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/76144_det.jpg?itok=Vnp-UGwdMuséum du Havre
17172000Fish, Arothron aerostaticus Fish, Arothron aerostaticus (Jennys, 1842), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Fish, Arothron aerostaticus Fish, Arothron aerostaticus (Jennys, 1842), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/76278_det.jpg?itok=jlAPQTU7Muséum du Havre
1000724Butterflies of the Island of Mauritius, Papilio manlius Butterflies of the Island of Mauritius, Papilio manlius (Fabricius, 1798), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Butterflies of the Island of...Butterflies of the Island of Mauritius, Papilio manlius (Fabricius, 1798), C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/73008_det.jpg?itok=nlTKfXrZMuséum du Havre
15022000Birds, Lonchura striataBirds, Lonchura striata, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Birds, Lonchura striataBirds, Lonchura striata, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/79009_det.jpg?itok=FV63cVyTMuséum du Havre

 

Stopover on the Island of France (Island of Mauritius): 15 March - 25 April 1801

Five months after leaving Le Havre the ships arrived on the Island of France. The vessels were in need of repair. Baudin had trouble obtaining supplies, already deferred from Tenerife.

Some forty men deserted the expedition, including the three illustrators Milbert, Lebrun and Garnier.

There were many reasons for abandonning the expedition, such as illness, dissatisfaction with Baudin, or the promise of an easy life on the island (the French authorities were looking to establish the skills necessary for the development of the colony).

Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, originally engaged as assistant gunners and artists for Baudin’s personal Journal, became the official artists for the voyage. Lesueur drew animals and Petit drew the people, although the distinction between their tasks isn’t always that clear.

 

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