Plate: ‘Paquebot devant Calais – Calaia.’ Marine view of a rowing boat with passengers heading towards an English steamer / radar boat. Rare print.
Made by after an anonymous artist.
Medium: crayon style lithograph with original hand colouring on wove paper.
Sheet size: 49 x 39.5 cm (19.29 x 15.55 inch). Image size: 44 x 34 cm. (17.32 x 13.39 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Image good with some light foxing. Some remains of framing / glue in top corners. Light damp staing in lower margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
LITHOGRAPH-STEAM BOAT-CALAIS | DP-A2-002-25
This plate was published as a master print in Paris, London and Leipzig, c. 1840.
Biography engraver: Ferdinand Perrot (1808-1841). Ferdinand Perrot was French painter and lithographer, known for his landscapes and as one of the great French maritime painters of the 19th century. His talent was recognized early, and he completed his first commission, an Assumption of the Virgin, for a local church at the age of 15. He then moved to Paris to study with the maritime painter Jean Antoine Theodore Gudin, and exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1831 until 1844, which was three years after his death. Many of his paintings portray Brittany, the Loire region of France and Mediterranean coastline between the French Riviera and Naples. His works demonstrate a variety of moods and subjects, from peaceful harbors to storms at sea, also numerous depictions of naval battles and historical events such as the explorer Jacques Cartier discovering Canada. He was invited to St. Petersburg by the Russian royal family in 1840 and awarded a large commission of a series of topographical views of Russia and the coast of Finland and ten collections of prints. He also was made a member of the Academy of St. Petersburg. However, he died suddenly in 1841 at the age of 33, having completed only two of the commissioned series. Three views of St. Petersburg painted by Perrot are in the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
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