VERNET (CLAUDE-JOSEPH) [Les Ports de France]
Lot 142
VERNET (CLAUDE-JOSEPH) [Les Ports de France]
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[Les Ports de France], series of 18 double-page engraved plates by C.N. Cochin and J. Ph. Le Bas after Vernet (a few with light browning or spotting, mainly in the margins, small repair in lower margin of view of Sete and small stain in lower margin of Bordeaux), no text, nineteenth century half calf, gilt panelled spine, corners worn, folio (566 x 400mm.), [1760-80]


  • EXTREMELY FINE AND SCARCE SET OF ENGRAVINGS BY COCHIN AND LE BAS FROM THE CELEBRATED SERIES OF PAINTINGS. Vernet was commissioned by Louis XV in 1753 to paint fifteen views of the main ports of France, and given the exceptional title of "peintre des marines de sa majesté". He spent twelve years travelling around the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Channel coasts with his family and servants in tow. The country was at war with England at the time, and Louis specifically requested that the artist show off the economic activities and maritime strength of France, which Vernet did to much acclaim. The majority of the paintings are in the Musée de la Marine in Paris.

    The plates comprise: Le port neuf où l'arsenal de Toulon; L'intérieur du port de Marseille; La madrague ou la pêche du thon vue du Golfe de Bandol; L'entrée du port de Marseille; Le port vieux de Toulon; La ville et la rade de Toulon; Le port d'Antibes en Provence; Le port de Cette en Languedoc; Vue de la ville et du port de Bordeaux (2 views); Vue de la ville et du port de Bayonne (2 views); Le port de Rochefort; Le port de La Rochelle; Vue du port de Dieppe; Le port et la ville du Hâvre; Vue du pont de la ville de Rouen; Vue du port et de la ville de Rouen.
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