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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855)

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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855)

Nouvelle-hollande. Observatoire et cabanes des naturels de la presqu'île Peron. 1818

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Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) Nouvelle-hollande. Observatoire et cabanes des naturels de la presqu'île Peron. 1818 signed 'Js Arago fecit' (lower right), inscribed as title and dated 1818, inscribed 'A faire à a'Aquarelle.-' pencil, pen and ink on paper, watermark IHS (Montgolfier)
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Peron Peninsula, western Australia, September 1818.

Arago joined the search party which set out on 18 September to discover the fate of an earlier excursion on the peninsula, sketching the deserted and ruined aboriginal huts on this expedition. 'These huts are formed of a few branches, crossing each other, covered with brushwood and clay, six feet in depth, four or five in breadth, and three and a half above the ground. The entrance is almost always on the side facing the wind that most commonly blows. The natives make their fires in the centre, and sometimes around them. The best are very rudely constructed, and insufficient to shelter them from the heat of the sun or violence of the wind. On some high points they erect also a kind of observatory, formed of a few trunks of trees, on which they post themselves to observe the distant country.' J.Arago, Narrative

The Uranie can be seen in the background of Arago's drawing.

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