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  • Title
    [Portrait of Commandant en Chef Nicolas Baudin, ca. 1802] / N. Petit [Nicolas-Martin Petit]
  • Creator
  • Call number
  • Level of description
  • Date

    [ca. 1802]
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - pencil and charcoal on paper - 19 x 18 cm

    The portrait was drawn by Nicolas-Martin Petit (1777-1804), assistant gunner and draughtsman appointed by Nicolas Thomas Baudin (1754-1803), Captain of the Géographe and Naturaliste and Commander-in-Chief on the Voyage de Decouvertes Aux Terres Australes 1800-1804. Petit was entrusted with the illustration of Baudin's log book from the earliest period of the voyage (Bonnemains, Forsythe & Smith 1988, p. 29), and on 26 April 1801 replaced official draughtsmen Messrs Milbert and Garnier on the Géographe (Cornell, 2004, p. 138).

    While in Port Jackson between 20 June and 18 November 1802, a series of encounters between between Governor Philip Gidley King and Baudin began. Baudin bought the schooner Casuarina from King. Petit completed a number of portraits in Port Jackson. Petit's "profile sketch of his friend Baudin" is mentioned by Horner (1987, p. 253) in reference to the copy attributed to Phillip Parker King which the Library holds at Mitchell Library call no. PXC 767/no. 12.

    Horner, F. 1987. The French Reconnaissance: Baudin in Australia 1801-1803. Melbourne University Press. Victoria.
    Bonnemains, J. Forsythe, E. & Smith, B. eds. 1988. Baudin in Australian Waters: The Artwork of the French Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands, 1800-1804. Oxford University Press.
    Cornell, C. 2004. The journal of Post Captain Nicolas Baudin, Commander-in-Chief of the corvettes Géographe and Naturaliste, assigned by order of the Government to a voyage of discovery, trans. C. Cornell. Friends of the State Library of South Australia. Adelaide.
  • Collection history
    Purchased by Gaston Renard, the vendor's father, in the 1960s.
  • Scope and Content
    A mid-length portrait in profile of Commandant en Chef Nicolas Baudin dressed in naval uniform, seated at a table before a chart with compass in hand.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Published Information
    Drawing published in Plomley, N.J.B. 1983. The Baudin expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines, 1802. Blubber Head Press. Hobart.
  • Description source

    Untitled. Title devised by cataloguer.
  • General note

    Drawing is on laid paper watermarked 'J WICKWAR / 98'
    Includes folder marked in red: ‘N Petit’ and stamped: 'Portraiture, Jack Cato, FRPS, 52 Elizabeth St, Melbourne'.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed lower right 'N Petit'
  • Date note

    No date. Dated from copy sketch 'Commodore Baudin 1802' watermarked 'Whatman 1810' in Phillip Parker King album of drawings and engravings, 1802-1902 (Mitchell Library call no. PXC 767/no. 12)
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