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US Naval Astronomical Expedition To Southern Hemisphere

In 1849 the Californian gold rush started and the US Navy mounted a 4 year long, ambitious expedition to the Southern Hemisphere.

The expedition had been requested by the US Congress and had a wide ranging scientific objectives. For example, measuring how gravity varied with distance from the earth's centre by taking instruments to the high altitudes in the mountainous Andes.

During their leisure hours, the expedition was encouraged to observe interesting plants and animals. The artists involved drew these and on their return lithographs were made to document discoveries. These make make great conversation pieces! Imagine being asked "where does that come from?". You may reply, "oh, from a US naval expedition that set off in the year of the Californian gold rush."

Here are some of the hand coloured lithographs you to choose from. They are genuine antique prints, made in the period 1849-1853.

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29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).This lithograph has hand painted coloring and was made in the period ..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Calliste gyroloides and desmarestiiPeruThis lithograph has hand paint..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Falco nigricepsThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was made..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Aporomera ornataThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was mad..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Phalacrocorax brasilianusBrazilThis lithograph has hand painted color..
US$125.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Agelaius thilius and Sturnella militarisThis lithograph has hand pain..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Chrysomitris marginalisThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and ..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Bernicla antarcticaThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was ..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Querquedula greccoidesThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and w..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Fuligula metopiasThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was ma..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Bernicla magellanicaThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Anas melanocephalaThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was m..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Ericornis melanura and Scytalopus fuscusThis lithograph has hand pain..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Nematogenys infermisThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Bdellostoma polytremaChileThis lithograph has hand painted coloring a..
US$75.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Pericichthys chilensisThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and w..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Pericichthys melanopsThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and wa..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Alosa musicaThis lithograph has hand painted coloring and was made in..
US$65.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).This lithograph has hand painted coloring and was made in the period ..
US$55.00
29 x 21 cm (11.5 x 8.5 inches).Cnemidophorus praesignisAmazoniaThis lithograph has hand painted colo..
US$75.00