This water-color depicting "De Saussure's ascent of Mont Blanc in 1787" was published in 1828. It reproduces an image of Horace-Bénédict de Saussure's earlier attempt to climb the peak: "Montée de Mr. Saussure sur la cîme du Mont Blanc au mois d'août 1785," attributed to "Grundmann del." and printed by Johann-Peter Lamy. Saussure holds an alpenstock as a handrail as he emerges from behind the serac, block of ice, at the center of the frame.
Source: William Hawes and Mr. Charles Fellows, A narrative of an ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc: made during the summer of 1827 (London: B. Hawes, A. Taylor, 1828), betw. pp. 8-9. *EC8 H3122 828n, Houghton Library, Harvard University, http://id.lib.harvard.edu/aleph/005642695/catalog
Saussure, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Mountaineering, Alpinism