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Mesnard, Theodore Romuald Georges 1814-1844 :Vue de Kororareka, baie des iles, Nlle Zelande. Plate 87. [October or November 1838] / Mesnard

Reference Number: A-234-010

Shows Russell (Kororareka) from Watering Bay drawn by Enseigne de vaisseau (Ensign) Mesnard, an artist aboard the French vessel the Venus, commanded by Abel du Petit-Thouars. The town is shown in some detail, including the church, houses and fences, with the palisades of the pa. There is a Maori canoe with a sail in the right foreground, the Venus' coracle undergoing repairs by two French sailors to the left, and on the far left are two further sailors, one rolling a water-barrel, the other smoking a pipe. The image was lithographed for the published account of the voyage in 1841, as Plate 61, with title 'Village de Kororareka'

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1 image, categorised under Landscapes and Watercolours, related to Theodore Romuald Georges Mesnard, Abel Aubert Du Petit-Thouars, Venus (Ship), Russell, Dwellings - New Zealand - Northland Region, Seafarers, Waka, French - New Zealand, Carpentry, Church buildings - New Zealand - Northland Region, Pa, Barrels, Smoking and Discoveries in geography.

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Mesnard, Theodore Romuald Georges 1814-1844 :Vue de Kororareka, baie des iles, Nlle Zelande. Plate 87. [October or November 1838] / Mesnard, Reference Number A-234-010 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 watercolour(s)Watercolour with pencil & ink inscriptions 203 x 329 mm on cream laid paper. Horizontal imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: Kororareka (Russell) was the major settlement in New Zealand in 1838, when the Venus visited during October-November 1838. Mesnard appeared to have no official responsibilities as a draughtsman, but a number of his sketches were lithographed for the published account of the voyage. The artist came from a naval family in Normandy - see Collins, R.D.J. New Zealand seen by the French 1769-1864 (Wellington, 1991)

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-000741)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - bottom right: Mesnard [in ink]; Verso - top right: Pl.87 [in ink]; Verso - top centre: Kororareka baie des iles Nlle Zelande [in pencil]

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