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Exhibit item: ABEL AUBERT DU PETIT-THOUARS, Voyage Autour du Monde Sur la Fregate la Venus, 1840-1855: lithograph of live bear Exhibit item: ABEL AUBERT DU PETIT-THOUARS, Voyage Autour du Monde Sur la Fregate la Venus, 1840-1855: lithograph of bear skeleton

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ABEL AUBERT DU PETIT-THOUARS
Voyage Autour du Monde Sur la Frégate la Vénus, 1840-1855

French ship La Vénus visited California in 1836-37 and took home to Paris a skeleton of an old male grizzly captured at Monterey. The complete mounted skeleton is in the Museum National díHistoire Naturelle.

Lithographs of both the skeleton and a live bear appear in Abel du Petit-Thouarsí luxurious atlas describing the expedition.

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