Ainslie Roberts - Australian painter, photographer and commercial artist

Artwork The Encounter, 1802 : More about the painting

The Encounter - 1802 - click to enlarge

This painting commemorates the meeting of French Captain Nicholas Baudin in Le Géographe and Matthew Flinders in Investigator off the South Australian coast on 8 April 1802.

Flinders continued sailing east and eventually completed the first close circumnavigation of the Australian mainland.

Detail: The Encounter - 1802 - click to enlargeReturning to England, Flinders called in to Île-de-France (Mauritius) and was imprisoned for seven years, as Britain and France were again at war. Baudin had died on the island the previous day.

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