19 October 1800 Le Havre, France. Charles-Alexandre Lesueur set sail on a voyage of discovery to the Southern Lands led by Nicolas Baudin. During this four year journey to the other side of the world, he demonstrated his talents as a natural history artist with a gift for scientific observation.
Driven by an insatiable curiosity, during a golden age for natural history and learned societies, he travelled constantly throughout his life, between Oceania and Europe, and to the United States.
His sketchbooks and vellums provide a record of the animals, landscapes and indigenous people he encountered.