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CALLIGRAPHY. [FLORIT DE LA TOUR (Comte Alphonse)] An Advertisement sheet"Ecoles primaires dirigée par Monsieur Florit de la Tour, Maître d'écriture en tout genre. Professeur de Grammaire et de Mathematique",   c1835
pen and ink, an elaborately decorated with a border of wild roses, different calligraphic styles with two baying hounds, some small worm holes, right hand margin torn, laid down, 18 x 15 ins. 46 x 38 cms.
Urbain de Florit de La Tour de Clamouze, SS.CC., (born Alphonse de Florit de La Tour de Clamouze; 7 October 1794 – 2 August 1868) a French nobleman and later lay brother of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He was part of the Roman Catholic mission in the Gambier Islands from 1835 until his death in 1863. He founded and headed the Re'e Seminary College on Aukena, one of the earliest institution of higher learning in the South Pacific, where native Mangarevan boys were taught Latin and French as future clergymen. The young King Joseph Gregorio II, the last King or ?Akariki (paramount chief) of the island of Mangareva, and other Gambier Islands including Akamaru, Aukena, Taravai and Temoewas, was also educated at the College. The Mangarevan Gambier Islands were sighted by Capt. James Wilson of the missionary ship Duff in 1797 and named the cluster of islands after Adm. James Gambier his Huguenot sponsor.

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