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A Mediterranean inlet by moonlight with fisherfolk cooking by a rock, a three-master about to drop anchor and a tower beyond
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Claude-Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714-1789 Paris)\nA Mediterranean inlet by moonlight with fisherfolk cooking by a rock, a three-master about to drop anchor and a tower beyond\nsigned, inscribed and dated 'J. Vernet.f Romae 1748' (lower left)\noil on canvas\n24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.5 cm.)\n'No 202' painted on the relining canvas
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Born in Avignon, Vernet went to Rome at the age of twenty to become a history painter. He soon took to landscape painting after discovering the art of Claude Gellée, Salvator Rosa and Andrea Locatelli, and decided to join the studio of Adrien Manglard, a successful French marine painter. He travelled to Naples in 1737 and on many other occasions. By 1740, Vernet had established a reputation as a painter of marines, and French diplomats as well as English Grand tourists were to be among Vernet's most consistent patrons, the latter no doubt encouraged by Vernet's English wife, Virginia Cecilia Parker, the daughter of a captain in the papal navy, whom he married in 1745.

Official recognition in his own country began when he was approved by the Académie Royale in Paris in 1746, which enabled him to exhibit at the Salon that year for the first time. When Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, later marquis de Marigny and Directeur des Bâtiments, made his educational tour of Italy in 1750, he and his party visited Vernet's studio in Rome. It was on the marquis' initiative that, in 1753, Vernet was summoned back to France to paint the Ports de France, one of the most important royal commissions of Louis XV's reign. He continued working on this commission until 1765.

The present work is an early example of Vernet's pioneering interest in nocturnal themes which was to have a great influence on artists such as Joseph Wright of Derby.

title

A Mediterranean inlet by moonlight with fisherfolk cooking by a rock, a three-master about to drop anchor and a tower beyond

medium

Oil on canvas

signed

Signed, inscribed and dated 'J. Vernet.f Romae 1748' (lower left)

creator

Claude-Joseph Vernet

dimensions

24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.5 cm.)

provenance

Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 13 December 1954, lot 317, as dated '1745'.

Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 6 April 1955, lot 38, as dated '1745'.

Anonymous sale [The Property of a Gentleman]; Christie's, London, 6 July 1990, lot 94, where acquired by the present owner.


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