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A ship in a port near a ruined obelisk
Pierre Puget (French, 1620 - 1694)
1675 to 1680
Pen and black ink and black chalk on vellum
25.2 × 35.2 cm (9 15/16 × 13 7/8 in.)
Throughout his life, Pierre Puget expressed a fascination with ships and marine life, probably due to the fact that he was born and raised in the French port city of Marseilles. This detailed drawing of ships in a port is no exception. Here, two deckhands struggle to tether a large vessel, using fragments of a ruined pillar nearby. Another ship sits at anchor in the middle distance, and a half-finished hull is dry-docked to the right.
Puget's tight parallel lines in pen and ink contribute to the illusion of space, with distant details rendered in hazy chalk. Given his
Pierre Puget: Peintre, Sculpteur, Architecte 1620-1694, exh. cat. (Marseille: Musées de Marseille, 1994), pp. 210-211, no. 83, ill.