Henri Sbonski de Passebon
1690

Barque allant vent arriere

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This dynamic and striking antique engraving depicts a small sailing vessel towing the ship's boat in a stiff following breeze with an ominous fuming volcano in the background. The volcano depicted may well be Vesuvius as it was active almost continuously after 1631 with major eruptions noted in 1660, 1682, 1694, and 1698. Of all the prints in this series, this example of a bark best captures the feeling of movement and excitement as waves splash the port side of the vessel.

"Barque allant vent arriere" (Bark going downwind) is one of a series of copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon. Engraved by Claude Randon, "Plan de Plusieurs Batiments de Mer et ses proportions", a collection of 17 folio-sized nautical architecture plates, was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV.

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De Passebon was stationed at Marseilles as a Lieutenant in the Corps des Galeres during the period that he produced the drawings from which these plates were engraved.

Attribution at bottom left: "Randon delineauit et sculpsit cura D'ni de Passebon Equitis"

Royal privilege at bottom right: "Marsiliae cum privilegio Regis"

Seller's attribution: "Se vendent a Marseilles chez Laurent Bremond sur le port au Coin de reboul"

CREATOR: Henri Sbonski de Passebon

PUBLICATION DATE: 1690

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

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CONDITION: Good  On heavy wove paper. Beautiful Modern color. Strong impression and platemark. Minor split at bottom centerfold professionally repaired. Small repaired loss at bottom marign near centerfold. Two vertical folds as issued.

COLORING: Modern hand color.

ENGRAVER: Claude Randon

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

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