Offered by Jean Moust
Ambroise Louis Garneray
Paris 1783 – 1857 Paris
A panorama of Portsmouth harbour with the line of prison hulks
Oil on canvas : 53,5 X 106,7 cm
Unsigned, circa 1809 - 1814
On the plaque on the frame his English surname “Hoppey Turner”
Frame : 67,3 X 120,3 cm
This son of a painter joined the French navy at the age of thirteen, fought the British during ten years, was finally captured and remained a military prisoner for eight years. Because of the huge number of Napoleonic prisoners the British turned captured ships into prison hulks.
As the conditions aboard were terrible many men tried to make some money on the side: Garneray started painting. He painted views of the bay with the infamous prison hulks. These were sold by English art dealers to English clients with the very English name “Hoppey Turner” on small plaques.
May 1814, after Napoleon had abdicated and was sent to Elba, Garneray was released, returned to France and became the first “Peintre de la Marine”.
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7 500 €