Color lithograph La Ville de Marseille


Framed color lithograph of the warship La Ville de Marseille, after a watercolor by Francois Roux. The litho is 28 x 20 cm, the overall size is 43 x 35 cm.

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The Ville-de-Marseille, with 74 cannons, built in Toulon in 1812, according to the plans of Sane. This ship stayed in Toulon, from the launch until 1814, until its disarmament in 1921 In 1824 the Ville de Marselle renovated. In 1830 she took part in the Algiers expedition and then started work in Tage under Vice Admiral Albin Roussin. In 1833 this ship was led by Admiral Lalande with adjutant Jurien de la Gravière. Under this command, De Ville de Marseille participates in the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War

The Roux family has been active for generations as painters and map makers, in this family François Geoffroi, Roux, was born in Marseille on 21 October 1811, the fourth child of Antoine and Rose. His talent brought him to the attention of Carle and Horace Vernet, like his brother Frédéric before, but he did not go to Paris like his brother. He stayed in Marseille, where he eventually took over his father’s hydrographic workshop. Francois became famous for his ability to naturally portray a ship. He was so skilled that it was said that Francis “assimilated the science of the ship because he was both a builder and sailor.” Of particular interest is a series of watercolors that he created between the end of 1860 and 1882 that the French ships displayed over the years. These were given to the Louvre, but because nothing has been recorded, it is unclear how much he made. The Musée de la Marine currently owns 71. Of these watercolors. François died in Marseille on September 30, 1882.

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