Baugean, Jean-Jerome

1814

Bombardes Francaises de la Mediterranee

Bombardes Francaises de la Mediterranee

DESCRIPTION: This antique, small, highly-detailed copperplate engraving by the French artist Jean-Jerome Baugean published circa 1814 details two French bombardes (or bomb-vessels) at sea. A bombarde relied on mortars mounted near the bow with high elevation to lob exploding shells down on the enemy. Early French bomb-vessels had two mortars placed side-by-side in the bow that were aimed while at anchor by pulling in or letting out a spring anchor. The heavy armament explains the wide and somewhat barge-like bow depicted in this engraving. The extra width would have been needed to support the weight of the mortars.

This engraving is from a series of 72 fine antique prints of merchant and naval vessels created and engraved by Baugean (1764-1830) in the series: "Collection de Toutes les Especes de Batimens de Guerre et de Batimens Marchard." Baugean's engravings are notable for their accurate and detailed depictions of ship construction and rigging.

CREATOR: Baugean, Jean-Jerome

PUBLICATION DATE: 1814

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

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CONDITION: Very Good.  Essentially flawless on creamy wove paper with a prominent platemark and wide margins.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: Baugean

SIZE: 8 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 1

PRICE: $175


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