Henri Sbonski de Passebon

Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions

Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions

DESCRIPTION: "Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions" is one of a series of 17 antique folio-sized copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon. Scarce cutaway print of a standard late 17th century French galley (galère, Fr.) with a detailed legend of parts (in French). Below the galley is a representation of the keel-form at the shipyard on which the keel was apparently built up. Very scarce.

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Engraved by Barthelemy Chasse, the collection of 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. This is the only plate in the volume engraved by Chasse. All other plates were engraved by Claude Randon.

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" (Sold by Laurent Bremond from the port [Marseille] at the corner of Reboul [street].)

CREATOR: Henri Sbonski de Passebon




CONDITION: Fair  On heavy wove paper. Strong impression and platemark. Some splitting at centerfold near margin . Old repairs. A few light stains and a bit grubby. Two vertical folds as issued. Age-toning at the centerfold.

COLORING: Black and white

ENGRAVER: Barthelemy Chasse

SIZE: 22 " x 17 "


PRICE: $1400


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