Riding the wave


The Atlantic Neptune by Joseph FW Des Barres

Around the middle of the 18th century, Joseph FW Des Barres, a native of today's Switzerland, who had joined the British Navy, was sent to North America and, after the Quebec campaign, dedicated himself to the discovery of the northern Atlantic coast.

In 1784 the results of his immense work were published in 250 charts and views of the coast from Nova Scotia to the Gulf of Mexico at the time described as one of the most remarkable products in the field of engraving and printing.

They were collected under the title of Atlantic Neptune - which was complemented by additional charts of the same area produced under the direction of Admiral Robert Duff, commander of the British forces in North America - and are now preserved in public collections around the world, the richest being at Greenwich National Maritime Museum.