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J. Alphonse Pellion (fl.1817-1820)
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J. Alphonse Pellion (fl.1817-1820)

Nouvelle Hollande. Etude des dunes & falaises de la presqu'île Péron à la baie des Chiens-Marins

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J. Alphonse Pellion (fl.1817-1820)
Nouvelle Hollande. Etude des dunes & falaises de la presqu'île Péron à la baie des Chiens-Marins
inscribed 'Mr. Pellion.' (lower left) and inscribed as title
watercolour on paper, watermark VAN DER LEY
11½ x 14½in. (29.2 x 36.8cm.)
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Paris, 1962, no.139.
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Lot Essay

A striking landscape by Pellion of the distinctive red colours of the cliffs and dunes of the Peron Peninsula. The naturalist Quoy gives an extensive technical description of the geology of the area in the historical text, and Arago records his attempts to climb the dunes:
'To avoid the sand on the seashore, I attempted at the outset to climb the hill above it, but this undertaking I was obliged to give up. The loose gravel slides underneath your feet, and carries you back with it: the shrubs, with which you try to assist yourself, are either armed with thorns, or soon give way: and in addition, along the summit of the flat is a perpendicular stripe of soft, red earth, that renders the enterprise doubly difficult. Accordingly, I came down again, and was attacked by such a prodigious number of flies ...' J.Arago, Narrative
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