Aquarium-Muséum de l'Université de Liège

<p>This collection contains a series of sketchbooks by François Louis Laporte, Count of Castelnau.</p>
<p>François Louis Laporte, Count of Castelnau (1810-1880) studied natural sciences in Paris under the aegis of Georges Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. He became known for his studies of insects, before going on two expeditions to North and South America from 1837 until 1847.</p>
<p>At his return to France he was named consul in Bahia (Brazil) and started a diplomatic career which allowed him to travel around the world and to continue to work on scientific studies and to collect new specimens. He died 1880 in Australia. </p>
<p>During his diplomatic career, the Count of Castelnau served as consul in different regions of the world: in Brazil; at the Cape of Good Hope (at the time an English colony); in Siam (Thaïland); and finally in Australia, where he died. His diplomatic career took him to India, Malaysia, Sumatra, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Singapore.</p>
<p>He collected specimens and drew in his notebooks wherever he was, creating an incredible collection of natural science. His paintings allowed him to record a notion of the original aspect of the animal, which lose their colours when preserved.</p>
<p>Today, the studies of this aquarelles allow a better understanding of his works and allow to identify a series of species which the ichtyologist Pieter Bleeker had described back then based on the drawings that Castelnau has showed him.</p>