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(The first sheet):Claude, Baron de Saulces de Freycinet. Sotheby's, 18 Nov. 1969, lot 361, to Pickering on behalf of a nobleman (£260).
Christie's South Kensington, 28 May 1987, lot 217 (incorrectly attributed to Arago) (£25,000).
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Uranie arrived in Sydney on 18 November 1819 and stayed for five weeks, sailing for France on 25 December. The French, no longer considered a threat to Britain or its colonies after Napoleon's defeat, were made welcome and entertained by Governor Macquarie at Sydney and Parramatta. Freycinet recalled his earlier visit in 1802 and was astonished by the growth and prosperity. Accomodation was arranged for the Freycinets in a house on Bunker's Hill, conveniently close to their observatory. The botanists undertook various expeditions: Gaimard to Botany Bay, Quoy, Gaudichaud and Pellion were taken by William Lawson to the Blue Mountains, reaching the newly discovered Bathurst Plains (for Pellion's drawings from this expedition, only the fifth crossing of the mountains, see lots 83-90). Arago's excursions included a visit to the Surveyor-general of New South Wales, John Oxley, at Kirkham, Camden (see lot 82). The two Oxley maps (lots 7 and 8) acquired by Freycinet presumably came to him following Arago's visit, although Arago was unable to acquire the results of Oxley's most recent expedition ('As that gentleman was then preparing his work for publication, he could not with propriety furnish me with the details which I should have been desirous of knowing; as the first communication of them was due to his own Government.' J. Arago, Narrative.
The Freycinets were invited by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to his country residence at Parramatta (lot 81), Macquarie sending a regimental band to serenade them as they sailed up the harbour. John Wylde, Judge-Advocate of New South Wales, held two lavish balls in their honour, inviting all the distinguished residents.
The New South Wales drawings are amongst the most significant in the Freycinet Collection, including Pellion's fine panoramic views of Sydney, Freycinet's plan and elevation of Greenway's Hyde Park Barracks, perhaps the first architectural drawing made in Australia that survives, the Blue Mountains landscapes and portraits of aborigines which, along with the engraver's drawings and proofs, offer a unique and distinctively French artistic vision of the colony's scenery and inhabitants.
Paris, 1962, no.165.