Le Port vieux de Toulon.Vu du coté des Magasins aux Vivres.
J.P. le Bas Sculpserunt 1762 A.P.D.R.
Hand coloured etching, 18th century printing. Sheet size: 550 x 730mm (21½ x 28¾"). Trimmed inside plate. Light surface damage to edges.
A view of the old harbour of Toulon, France. The busy port depicts a large number of figures in the foreground including traders and men leading cattle to the left. French naval ships are seen in the background, with smaller boats around the edges of the port. Plate 5 from a set of eighteen, form the series, 'Ports du Royaume. Ports de France.' These views of various ports of France are from a series of paintings by the French painter Joseph Vernet, executed between 1754 and 1765, commissioned by King Louis XV to promote the French navy. Upon completion, the total of fifteen paintings were exhibited in Paris in the Royal Academy's Painting and Sculpture Exhibition.
[Ref: 38438] £550.00