Isaack Gilsemans

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A view of the Murderers' Bay, as you are at anchor here in 15 fathom by Isaack Gilsemans, Alexander Turnbull Library, 1642

Isaack Gilsemans (ca. 1606, in Rotterdam – 1646, in Batavia, Dutch East Indies),[1] was a Dutch merchant and artist.


Gilsemans is most noted for joining the explorer Abel Tasman on his expedition in 1642-43 during which Tasmania, New Zealand and several Pacific Islands were discovered. Gilsemans produced a number of drawings that documented island and native life. His depictions of the Māori people were the first for Europeans.[2]


  1. ^ Gilsemans, Isack at the RKD
  2. ^ "National Library of New Zealand". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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