Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia (1800-1804) took place against the tumultuous political backdrop of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power and the growing threat to Britain and its far-flung interests. While the expedition undoubtedly produced significant scientific, ethnological and geographic results, covert French political interests in the colony of New South Wales were an equally important factor. The Art of Science – Nicolas Baudin’s Voyagers 1800-1804  explores this intriguing period in our colonial history through the lens of original artworks produced by the voyage artists Charles –Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit on loan from the Museum of Natural History, Le Havre.

The exhibition showcases original sketches and apintings created by Baudin's artist Charles Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit during the voyage of 1800-1804. The exhibition displays over 340 of the original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australian audiences for the first time.

A Senior Curator from SAMM (South Australian Maritime Museum) will be presenting the Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers preview and tour with Dr Nigel Erskine.

The museum would like to advise visitors that this exhibition may contain the names and images of deceased Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Image: Poisson Diodon (porcupine fish), Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, watercolour and ink on paper. Museum d'histoire naturelle, Le Havre.

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