Entrance of the Port of Marseille | Claude-Joseph Vernet | 1754
This paintings is part of a series of 15 representations of French sea ports commissioned by King Louis XV and realized between 1754 and 1765.
The booklet of the 1755 art show gave some information "Entrance of Marseilles Harbour. We can see the Fort St. Jean and Citadelle Saint Nicolas which protects this entrance.... on the foreground, the author has painted a portrait of a man which is 117 years old with a good health."
Vernet showed himself on the foreground on the left, with his son Livio who is drawing. Vernet is turning back, looking to his wife walking to him, with a straw yellow dress and introducing him, more on the left, a famous 117 years old man, Annibal Camoux, the oldest people in Marseilles. On the foreground, behind the plan of Formiguier we saw the pavillon de l’horloge du parc (Park Clock Lodge) where Vernet had painted L’Intérieur du Port de Marseille (Inside the Marseilles Harbour).
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