Ayrouard, Jacques

Antique plan of Portoferraio Porto Ferraro Italy

Plan de Porto Ferraro

DESCRIPTION: Fine copper-plate engraved 1746 antique port/harbor plan or chart of Porto Ferraro (Portoferraio), Italy by Jacques Ayrouard. Portoferraio is the largest city on the island of Elba, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 30 miles east of Corsica.

In the chart's attribution Ayrouard is described as "Pilot Real" or pilot of la Reale, the flagship of the French galley corps with a total complement of about 550 including 360 oarsmen and 100 soldiers. In their Dictionnaire de la Marine from 1702 Covens and Mortier explain:
"(Réale) is the name of the main galley of an independent kingdom, not of a tributary kingdom annexed to a greater one. The Réale, in France, is reserved for the general of the galleys and flies the royal ensign which distinguishes it from the others. This ensign is square in shape and red in colour, with golden fleurs-de-lys." (Internet)
Ayrouard was likely one of the last such pilots as the French Corps des Galeres was disbanded in 1748 and incorporated into the regular French sailing navy. Engraved by Louis Corne.

CREATOR: Ayrouard, Jacques



BODY OF WATER: Tyrrhenian Sea

CONDITION: Good.  On strong laid paper with ample margins. Clean, bright.


ENGRAVER: Louis Corne

SIZE: 17 " x 11 "


PRICE: $425


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