Corvette Echo Frigate Boat off Tunisia - Early 19th-century watercolour painting

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Corvette Echo Frigate Boat off Tunisia.

This impressive watercolour combines exceptional detail and expressive brushstrokes, creating a truly atmospheric record of maritime history dating from around 1826. Presented in a custom cut window mount.

The painting depicts the Corvette Echo during the Greek War of Independence 1821-1832. The mission of the Corvette Echo, a French frigate, embarked in 1826, was to cruise the Greek archipelago in search of pirates, to escort commercial vessels and to “control the Turks”. This image shows the frigate in stormy waters off the coast of Tunisia, with the figure of the holy Abbe Desmazures emboldening the officers and crew with readings from Michaud’s “History of the Crusades”.

Signed indistinctly lower right: "Feraud"?

Inscribed below in French. The neat upper case script resembles lettering on an engraved print, giving the inscription weight and formality.

The French roughly translates as: "Drawing that depicts M. L’Abbe Desmazures, commissioner of the holy land reading the History of the Crusades by the learned Michaud, member of the academy, & the touching description of the death of St Louis, to the gentleman officers and crew of the Corvette Echo, commanded by Messieur de Chateauville, at a time when the boat was battered by the storm in front of the mountains of Tunisia."
There is a light oblique crease running across the upper half of the paper, and minor marks to the sky area as shown. There are losses and a number of closed tears to the paper edges as shown; however, the painting comes in a custom cut mount which effectively conceals the damage to the edges of the sheet. The mount is slightly knocked to the corners, but this would be concealed if framed.
Image size: 28.5cm x 43cm.
Mount size: 44cm x 60cm.


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Product code: JF-691

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