Iles d'Hyeres from Vues des cotes de France dans l'ocean et dans la Mediterranee

Ambroise-Louis Garneray (1783-1857)

Published by Paris, Panckcoucke, 1834
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Ambroise-Louis Garneray (1783-1857) Plate from Vues des cotes de France dans l'ocean et dans la Mediterranee Paris: C.L.F. Panckcoucke, 1823-34 Aquatint plate, hand-colored by the artist 17” x 23 3/4”; 22” x 26” framed Ambroise-Louis Garneray was born February 1783. He received his first lessons in painting and drawing from his father, Jean-Francois, who was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. The younger Garneray went to sea with the navy at the age of 13, and for nearly 18 years served on battle ships, slavers and whaling vessels on expeditions to the Caribbean and throughout the Pacific Ocean. Garneray finally returned to Paris in 1814 after spending eight years in England, where he had been detained after being captured at sea. He established himself as a marine painter upon his arrival, and studied engraving under Philibert Louis Debucourt. In 1815 Garneray was admitted to the Paris Salon, and exhibited his first painting “View of the Port of London” in 1816. He continued to exhibit, winning a gold medal in 1819, and later earned the patronage of Louis XVIII, who commissioned him to paint several scenes of naval battles. In 1833, Garneray was appointed director of the Rouen Museum, a post he resigned in 1837 to work on designs for the Sevres porcelain factory. While Garneray’s engravings of naval and whaling scenes are extremely popular, his greatest achievement is his series Vues des Cotes de France dans l’ocean et dans la Mediterranee. This series of views depicted the principal ports of France, Europe and the United States and was supplemented by the elegant prose descriptions of M.E. Jouy. The views pictured are of the towns of the French Riviera. Each print in this series exhibits endless attention to detail, incorporating architectural landmarks, ships, weather conditions, animals, and costumed figures in the midst of daily activities. Garneray has attempted to make the aquatint engravings resemble his original watercolor sketches by using very opaque hand-finishing, which sometimes almost totally obscures the engraved and color-printed base beneath, and by adding manuscript captions in pencil. Each print has been completely colored by Garneray himself. Bookseller Inventory # J00311c

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Title: Iles d'Hyeres from Vues des cotes de France ...

Publisher: Paris, Panckcoucke

Publication Date: 1834

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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