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1797 La Perouse Sandwich Isles

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All canvas artwork is printed exclusively on 100% premium cotton canvas using archival inks. Combined with a patented non-toxic coating that water and UV proofs them, every Giclée is guaranteed to last over 100 years.  When you frame these prints, they do not need to be framed behind glass, making them ideal for any room in your home.


Canvas for Gallery Wrap 

When you purchase Canvas prepared to be gallery wrapped, we add a 2½” mirrored border (on all sides) which allows you to have a stretcher bar frame made up to 2” deep. The mirrored borders may throw you off, but that border is designed to be seen on the side of the stretcher bar frame. This ensures that the complete image is shown on the face of the frame. Gallery wraps are ideal for large prints.

"Carte Des Iles Sandwich..."

Published by L'Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superb reproduction of the original copperplate engraving was first published in Atlas du Voyage de La Perouse in Paris, 1797.

Sent on the voyage by French King Louis XVI in order to promote foreign trade and advance scientific understanding, French Admiral Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de la Perouse, was the first official European to visit the island of Maui, where a bay is named in his honor.

He recorded this image in 1786, with the charted lines showing his passage through the Sandwich Islands.

Vanishing after setting sail from Australia in early 1788, the fate of La Perouse remained a mystery, eventually becoming the stuff of legend. In 1793, before being guillotined, Louis XVI asked, "Is there any news of Monsieur de la Perouse?"

Although two wrecks were discovered on a reef in the waters off Vanikoro in 1964, there was no positive confirmation until 2005, when French divers and scientists found and identified the 18th-century brass sextant from his ship, La Boussole. Experts finally feel certain that his frigate smashed to pieces on the reef, presumably in a tropical cyclone, leaving no chance of survival for La Perouse and his men.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.