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  • Description

    Two rowing boats, and their oars, one is from Tongareva, the other the Marshall Islands(?).1822.
    Lithograph, printed in brown, yellow and black tones.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1822
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26 centimetres
    • Width: 40.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        front of print
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        XLI desse et Lith par Choris Lith de Langlume
        Fig.1. Bateau a rame de l'Ile Romanzoff
        Fig.2. Bateau a rame Fig. 3. et 4. armes des habitans des iles de lady Penrhynes.
      • Inscription Translation

        XII drawing and Lith by Choris Lith by Langlume
        Fig.1. Rowing boat from Romanzoff Island
        Fig.2. Rowing boat
        Fig.3 and 4. Weapons of the inhabitants of the Islands of Lady Penrhyn
      • Inscription Comment

        printed in ink
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of print
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Published in: Choris, Louis (1822) "Voyage pittoresque autour du monde: avec des portraits de sauvages s'Amerique, d'Asie, a'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean/ des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle".
    t is believed that this print was bound together (see holes on side and/or top of print) alongside other prints by Louis Choris, which are now part of the BM Pictorial Collection.


  • Condition

    Two holes, at top of print. Stained.

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • KXW.Oc.11 (Old BM series number)
Two rowing boats, and their oars, one is from Tongareva, the other the Marshall Islands(?).1822.
Lithograph, printed in brown, yellow and black tones.



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