A.J.H. Malartic, G.al en Chef, Gouverneur G.al des Isles de France et de la Reunion et C.Dant G.al des Eta. Ent Francais a l'Est Cap Bo.ne Esp.ce. Né a Montaubaun le 3 J.let 1730. Mort a l'Isle de France le 9 T.dor An 8e
[N.p., but almost certainly Mauritius. N.d., but ca. 1800]. Engraving, 5 x 4 inches. Light soiling. A few contemporary ink notations on verso.
Engraved portrait of Governor Anne Joseph Hippolyte de Maurès, Comte de Malartic, governor of the island of Mauritius. The portrait is a line-drawing, done in profile and framed in an oval. Flags flank either side of the oval frame and it is captioned beneath. There is some light wear to the tiny imprint information, causing it to be slightly obscured, but it is possible that the illustrator's name is "Girouai" and the engraver may be "Noiret." The engraving is a bit crude and printed on laid paper. It is likely that it was done shortly after Malartic's death in 1800. A most unusual and exotic image, a tribute to the rich culture of printing that flourished on the remote island in the south Indian Ocean.