Petit, Nicholas Martin (1777-1804)

Also known as
Petit, N. (Nicolas-Martin) (1777-1804)
Petit, N.-M, (Nicolas-Martin) (1777-1804)
Petit, Nicholas Martin
Petit, Nicolas-Martin (1777-1804)
Field of activity
Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; Natural history artist
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Petit was the artist for a French voyage to Australia, whose job, according to the eminent scientist Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu, was to record 'all that which may be of interest for the history of Man.' His depictions of the Aborigines have an immediacy and directness unlike any previous images of them.

painter, was born in Paris, youngest son of Nicolas Petit, a fan-maker, and Marie-Nicole, nee Minglet. He signed on as gunner’s mate on the voyage to Australia of Le Geographe and Le Naturaliste , a naval and scientific expedition sponsored by Napoleon under the command of Nicolas Baudin and departing from Le Havre in October 1800. The three artists assigned to the expedition left at Mauritius, and Petit and Charles-Alexandre Lesueur were appointed in late April in their stead. Petit, who had studied in David’s studio at the Louvre, was to concentrate on what the eminent scientist Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu later called 'all that which may be of interest for the history of Man’. The results are a series of impressive portraits of Tasmanian Aborigines in the published account of the expedition, Voyage des Decouvertes aux Terres Australes (Paris 1807 16). His original drawings and finished watercolours for the book are in the Musee d’Histoire Naturelle, Le Havre. After the expedition returned to Lorient in March 1804 (without their quarrelsome commander who had died in Mauritius), Petit began preparing his drawings for publication, but he died on 21 October when gangrene set in following a fall. He seems to have had an engaging, amiable personality. Peron describes how, for example, Petit 'displayed before the natives some feats of sleight of hand, which diverted them very much’. However, in what seemed to the French an inexplicable display of violence, he was nearly killed by an Aborigine whom he had been sketching ...

  • c.1800 voyage of 'Le Geographe' and 'Le Naturaliste'

Flourished

  • fl. c.1800 - c.1804

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Nicholas Petit, with C.A. Leseur (qv), was a painter on N. Baudin's (qv) voyage to the Pacific 1800-1804.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Petit, Nicholas Martin
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Baudin in Australian waters: the artwork of the French voyage of discovery to the southern lands 1800-1804
    Bonnemains, Jacqueline, Forsyth, Elliott and Smith, Bernard
    Published: Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1988
  3. Moyal, Ann
    Published: 2002
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 14, 2, 237-241
  4. The Encounter, 1802: Art of the Flinders and Baudin Voyages
    Thomas, Sarah
    Published: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2002

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  1. Femme sauvage de l'île Van Diemen : Île Bruny
    Petit, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804
    [ Art work : 1802 ]
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  2. Killpriera a native of New South Wales, the sister of Calee but of a very different disposition, being extremely savage and untameable / Monsr. Le Petit delin. ; E. Piper sculp
    Piper, E
    [ Art work : 1803 ]
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  3. Europaeerin. Diemenslaenderin
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    [ Art work : 1830-1890 ]
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  4. Portrait of a man in profile, head and partial shoulders : pencil portrait of a man in profile, head and shoulders
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    [ Art work : 1802 ]
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  5. Mackabarang, a native of New South Wales, a frequent visitor in the colony, known by the name of Broken Bay Jack / Monsr. Le Petit delin.; E. Piper sculp
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  7. Untitled : [Femme sauvage de l'île Van Diemen : Île Bruny]
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  8. Oeuvres de Nicolas-Martin Petit, artiste du voyage aux Terres australes (1800-1804) : exposition du 1er juin au 31 decembre 1997
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