The Old Print Shop

Peche du Phoque : dans la mer Glaciale.

  • ARTIST: Louis Ambroise Garneray

  • PUBLISHER: Imprime & Public par Goupil & Co.

  • MEDIUM: Handcolored engraving and aquatint,

    DATE: 1859.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 21 3/4 x 31 1/4" (55.25 x 79.4 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Peint par Garnary. Grave par Jazet. Imprimerie de Goupil et Vibert.<br><br> A dramatic image of seal hunting. In the foreground of this print Garneary shows three men pulling a seal into their boat while unknown them them, a polar bear is also climbing into the boat. In 1824, Louis Garneray exhibited at the Salon a first painting devoted to fishing entitled Cod Fishing, the first of an important series on marine fisheries that he produced.<br><br> Ambroise-Louis Garneray (1783-1857). Born in Paris, Entered the French Navy at the age of 13, serving in the Indian Ocean on La Confiance. Whilst serving on the Atalante, in 1805, he was shipwrecked off the Cape of Good Hope and was transferred to the frigate Belle Poule which was captured the following year. He was confined to the prison hulk Prothée in Portsmouth Harbour and remained a prisoner until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814. Whilst a prisoner of war, he began to paint portraits, but in 1812 he was moved ashore to a parole area. It was then that he executed a series of views of Portsmouth. After his release, he became a professional marine painter, exhibiting at the Paris Salon from 1817. In 1852 was created a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.


  • CONDITION: Fair to good condition, rubbing in the title margin and losses in the top margin just above image. Beautiful original hand coloring.