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Archibald DUPONT

Born around 1855 in Paris, orphan, he joined the crew of a whaler at the age of 15. He sailed on all the seas of the world on various boats of all nationalities, following the opportunities that arose depending on the numerous port calls. Archibald was a straightforward and fighting man, but he was a straight man who was furiously angry against injustice, sometimes leading to mutinies on board. He became an independent sailor by acquiring a boat which he bought with his gambling games. He made friends with Ronald JENSEN after the first meeting, seduced by this social environment that he did not know. Together they travelled the world, both by boat and on foot. Archibald disappeared in December 1911, in the Andes.

Archibald Dupont - Dupont & Jensen
Archibald Dupont - Dupont & Jensen
Archibald Dupont - Dupont & Jensen
Ronald Jensen - Dupont & Jensen

Ronald JENSEN

Born on June 9, 1860 in Oslo, coming from a family of rich industrialists and the eldest of five siblings, Ronald, after brilliant studies in England at Oxford, did not wish to join the family empire that offered him a well-defined career. Willing to travel, he went all over the world for more than 30 years, discovering all continents. 

Adventurer, he became friends with Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, met during an expedition and fought Stanley for a long time. Altruistic, humanist, Ronald Jensen, although adventurer of the extreme, knew how to preserve certain notions of luxury and comfort during his expeditions, notably by dining every evening on a folding table covered with a white linen tablecloth where silver cutlery and crystal glasses were erected. 

It is in 1896 that he meets Archibald DUPONT, in a smokehouse in Siam. Coming from different backgrounds but linked by common passions, they continued their expeditions together during several decades. Ronald was buried in The Cemeteryof Our Saviorin Oslo on April 21, 1934.

Ronald Jensen - Dupont & Jensen

Archibald & Ronald

Archibald & Ronald - Dupont & Jensen

Adventurers, humanists, culture lovers, amateur but confirmed ethnologists, Archibald and Arnold visited the five continents as well as the North Pole. Each return from an expedition gave rise to conferences in the most beautiful European universities, but also to exhibitions of traditional objects brought back, as well as to long scientific studies. Arnold was the author of a book entitled “Beyond the earth”, soon in reedition.