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Admiral François-Edmond Pâris

1806 - 1893

Francois-Edmond Pâris entered the French Naval academy at the age of 14 in 1820 and studied painting with the French naval artists Pierre-Julien Gilbert (1783-1860) and Pierre Ozanne (1737-1813).

In 1826 he joined the ASTROLABE expedition - France's last and greatest scientific voyage of discovery under Captain Dumont d'Urville. During its circumnavigation of the globe, the ASTROLABE spent time surveying King George Sound and later Jervis Bay on the east coast of Australia - of which Pâris was employed in surveying and making charts.

Paris circumnavigated the globe twice more with Laplace on LA FAVORITE (1829-1833) and ARTEMISE (1837-1841) and created a portfolio of sketches and plans of Indigenous watercraft that was published by the French government between 1841-1843.

After his retirement from the Navy in 1871 with the rank of Admiral, Paris became curator at the Musee national de la Marine until his death in 1893.