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Title A Marine View: Moonlight
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Gudin, Théodore (French painter and printmaker, 1802-1880)
Date 1864 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A dark night at sea is illuminated by a full moon which reflects off the waves below. Outlined against the moonlight, figures in a small boat lower their sales as they move towards a larger fishing vessel. The boat pitches towards the viewer as it labours against the swell. The crew of the larger craft stands on deck in anticipation. The poignancy of the image is perhaps indicative of the artist's own emotions at this time. The recent death of his brother from drowning had deeply affected him. Gudin became one of the founding members of the French Lifeboat Society.
Current Accession Number B.M.244
Former Accession Number No. 467; No. 2
Inscription front lc 'T. Gudin 1864'(?)
Subject marine; figure
Measurements 75 x 108 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Purchased by John and Joséphine Bowes from the artist, 8 March 1865, total 10,000 francs for three paintings.

Recorded in John Bowes' catalogue as no. 467, 'A Marine View. Moonlight / (Purchased from the artist)'. Recorded as no. 2 in 1877 list of paintings in the Bowes' collection at rue de Berlin.

Gudin became one of the founding members of the French Lifeboat Sociey in 1864, the year that this work was painted. See Souvenirs du Baron Gudin, peintre de la marine 1820-1870, Paris, 1921, for general information on the artist.

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe




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