1844 Durand-Brager Large Antique Print of Wharf at Jamestown St Helena Island

Cartographer :Jean-Baptiste Durand-Brager


This large finely coloured original antique  lithograph print - a view of the unloading dock or wharf at the port of Jamestown on the Island of St Helena - was published by Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager (1814-1879) in the publication "Sainte-Hélène. Translation du Crecueil du l'Empereur Napoléon a bord de la frégate La Belle-Poule. Histoire et vues pittoresques de tous les sites de l'ile se rattachant au mémorial de Saint-Hélène a l'expédition de S.A.R.Mgr. le Prince de Joinville". Paris, 1844. This Lithograph was executed by the famous Cuban lithographer Eduardo Laplante (1818 - 1860).

"Sainte-Hélène. Translation du Crecueil du l'Empereur Napoléon".... is a rare work which included some of the finest views of St. Helena ever published. Durand-Brager was the official artist sent to record the scenery and scenes surrounding the collection of Napoleon's body from St.Helena by an offical French expedition in 1840. The text includes eye-witness accounts of the whole affair together with transcriptions of many of the relevant official documents.

Sainte-Hélène contained 5 lithographic portraits by and after Lévieill or G.Staal, three tinted, two on India paper mounted. 24 tinted lithographic views after Durand-Brager in     cluding 6 'avant-lettre' proofs with titles and inscriptions in pencil, the others by De Laplante and Durand-Brager, De Laplante, Sabatier or Eugène Cicéri, printed by Lemercier or Formentier et Cie. Only two copies of this work are listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty five years.

Jean-Baptiste Henri Durand-Brager 1814-1879 An adventurous soul, inherited partially from his father explorer Jean-Baptiste-Leonard Durand, Henri Durand-Brager explored the world’s reaches. If not for some fateful moments he would have probably settled into a naval career rather than that of an artist. His youthful travels included the coasts of Africa, Asia and South America, and his repertoire contains scenes of these lands and seas. His father had led similar explorations during his career, including a voyage to Senegal on which he was shipwrecked. To avoid such possible hardships, he encouraged Henri to study art.

He trained at the side of Eugene Isabey, who himself produced a significant number of coastal scenes amongst his old master influenced genre paintings. Isabey instilled an emphasis on humanity’s interaction with nature with Durand-Brager, who saw the primal forces of the environment as a subject suitable for fine art on its own. They both worked extensively with numerous technical drawings before committing their works to oil on canvas.

Bordering the edge of the educational art direction which would soon produce the important impressionist and Plein-Air methodologies of art, Durand-Brager’s works demonstrate some of the basic tenants of emotional strength and interpretive loose brush within his seas and skies, while his subject ships and people hold to realistic looks. He found favour and patrons in the royal houses of Russia and Austria, and the French provincial government

Saint Helena: named after St Helena of Constantinople, is an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which also includes Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha.

The island has a history of over 500 years since it was first discovered as an uninhabited island by the Portuguese in 1502. Britain's second oldest remaining colony (after Bermuda), Saint Helena is one of the most isolated islands in the world and was for several centuries of vital strategic importance to ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. For several centuries, the British used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon Bonaparte.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Very heavy & stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: -  Blue, brown,  
General color appearance: - Authentic 
Paper size: - 23 1/2in x 16 1/2in (600mm x 420mm)
Margins: - Min 2in (50mm)

Margins: - Small repair to bottom margin, no loss
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None