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13132000View of the safe anchorage, the town and the Dutch fort of CoupangEtching by Milbert from an original drawing by Lesueur, published in 1824. In the foreground are the ships, the Géographe and the Naturaliste. In the background are the fort and the houses of Kupang. View of the safe anchorage, the town and the Dutch fort of Coupang, J.-G. Milbert, between View of the safe anchorage, the...Etching by Milbert from an original drawing by Lesueur, published in 1824. In the foreground are...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/17033-1_det.jpg?itok=KnAEQVAvMuséum du Havre
15202000Small boats used in Timor for fishing and navigationSmall boats used in Timor for fishing and navigation, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Small boats used in Timor for...Small boats used in Timor for fishing and navigation, C.-A. Lesueur, 1801Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/17063-1res_det.jpg?itok=IQKHbfmuMuséum du Havre
14792000Timor. Malay horseman‘Timor. Malay horseman’, N.-M. Petit, 1802Timor. Malay horseman‘Timor. Malay horseman’, N.-M. Petit, 1802Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/17001-4_det.jpg?itok=rCpvw3u2Muséum du Havre
1000793Aïberta Léba, King of SolorThe Island of Timor was made up of thirty kingdoms. Three were under Dutch rule and the others were under the Portuguese or were independent (mountain kingdoms). Aïberta Léba, King of Solor, N.-M. Petit, 1802Aïberta Léba, King of SolorThe Island of Timor was made up of thirty kingdoms. Three were under Dutch rule and the others were...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/17005-1r_det.jpg?itok=cmXOk2pBMuséum du Havre
1000688A Timorese womanA Timorese woman, N.-M. Petit, 1802A Timorese womanA Timorese woman, N.-M. Petit, 1802Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/17011-1r_det.jpg?itok=hSI_niTfMuséum du Havre
1000757Astérina, a young Malay slave‘Island of Rotti (Rotte). Astérina, a young Malay slave’, N.-M. Petit, 1802 This etching was published in the Account of the Voyage in 1824. Astérina, a young Malay slave‘Island of Rotti (Rotte). Astérina, a young Malay slave’, N.-M. Petit, 1802 This etching was...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/17008-2_det.jpg?itok=hCJB1zgVMuséum du Havre
15102000Timor. Plan, section and elevation of a Malay house with stiltsBecause of the humid tropical climate, the dwellings were built on stilts and often on a hillside. During the stopover in Timor the explorers also found rice paddies. ‘Timor. Plan, section and elevation of a Malay house with stilts’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802.Timor. Plan, section and elevation...Because of the humid tropical climate, the dwellings were built on stilts and often on a hillside....Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/17056_det.jpg?itok=wNqtyCikMuséum du Havre
1000729Timorese baskets and containersArtworks of this type became more common in the 19th century, illustrating collections of objects arranged by theme. Great care is taken with the composition and the objects are arranged symetrically. Timorese baskets and containers, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802Timorese baskets and containersArtworks of this type became more common in the 19th century, illustrating collections of objects...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/17025_det.jpg?itok=uAo4H4QOMuséum du Havre
12742000Cattle Bos indicus (or Bos taurus) The preparatory drawings were made on location in Timor but this watercolour on vellum wasn’t produced until after the voyage. The work is from a collection of dozens of watercolours on vellum that were probably done by Lesueur for his application for the poste of painter on vellum at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris in 1806. This is the way the Museum showed the living world. This tradition still exists today: the Paris Natural History Museum continues to commission painters to do works on vellum. Cattle Bos indicus (or Bos taurus) (Linné, 1758), C.-A. Lesueur, between 1804 and 1810. Cattle Bos indicus (or Bos taurus) The preparatory drawings were made on location in Timor but this watercolour on vellum wasn’t...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/80134_det.jpg?itok=SHRi7pKxMuséum du Havre
12892000Jellyfish Aequorea aequorea (Forsskål, 1775)This jellyfish lives in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Peron and Lesueur began a large body of work on marine invertebrates, and in particular, jellyfish. Their work proved to be fundamental to the study of these organisms that were little-known until then. They continued the research together in various locations throughout the expedition in Terra Australis, as well as on their return to France, in the Channel at Le Havre and in the Mediterranean at Villefranche-sur-Mer, in Nice. Jellyfish Aequorea aequorea (Forsskål, 1775)Jellyfish Aequorea aequorea...This jellyfish lives in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Peron and Lesueur began a large...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/70028_det.jpg?itok=BBxk9OFHMuséum du Havre
12702000Grey flying foxFor this watercolour composition on vellum, done between 1804 and 1810, Lesueur used elements from a preparatory drawing done on location. This species of flying fox was described for the first time by Peron and Lesuerur during this voyage. Grey flying fox, Pteropus griseus, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802-1810Grey flying foxFor this watercolour composition on vellum, done between 1804 and 1810, Lesueur used elements from...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/80038_det.jpg?itok=f38cSh3SMuséum du Havre
1000632Grey flying fox, Pteropus griseusFor this watercolour composition on vellum, done between 1804 and 1810, Lesueur used elements from a preparatory drawing done on location. This species of flying fox was described for the first time by Peron and Lesuerur during this voyage. Grey flying fox, Pteropus griseus, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802-1810Grey flying fox, Pteropus griseusFor this watercolour composition on vellum, done between 1804 and 1810, Lesueur used elements from...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/80039v_det.jpg?itok=-0oEd60pMuséum du Havre
14012000Yellow-throated CoryllisYellow-throated Coryllis, Loriculus pusillus, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802Yellow-throated CoryllisYellow-throated Coryllis, Loriculus pusillus, C.-A. Lesueur, 1802Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/79028_det.jpg?itok=E225ScE8Muséum du Havre

Three months in Timor: August-November 1801

The stopover in Timor was a long one, due to the bad state of repair of the boats and the poor health of the men. The expedition was welcomed by the Dutch governor in the small town at the Bay of Kupang. The fertile landscape there was a contrast to the western coasts of Australia. However the humid climate was hard to bear and they continued to suffer from scurvy and dysentery. Baudin showed the first signs of tuberculosis (from which he later died on the way back in 1803), and the botanist Riedlé died in October. Noting the naturalists’ interest in new species, the Timorese regularly brought animals in exchange for small objects such as pins and beads. Peron accumulated collections of molluscs and zoophytes, and had contact with the indigenous people, who Petit drew.

 

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