French admiral Auguste-Nicolas Vaillant led a voyage in the corvette (small warship) ‘La Bonite’ from 1836 to 1837, during which time he cruised the Pacific and Indian Oceans chiefly to protect French merchant and whaling-vessels. However, it was also a scientific expedition and Vaillant carried on board the naturalists Joseph Fortuné Theodore Eydoux and François Louis Auguste Souleyet, French naval officer and watercolourist Théodore-Auguste Fisquet and watercolourist Barthélémy Lauvergne.
‘La Bonite’ visited Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, before crossing the Pacific to the China coast. The two artists provided botanical illustrations for the scientists and also produced topographical views of the locations they visited. Accounts of the circumnavigation and the scientific findings were issued in several volumes under the title ‘Voyage autour du monde execute pendant les annees 1836 et 1837 sur la corvette La Bonite’ and included over 100 plates after drawings by Fisquet, Lauvergne and others.
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