A Calm at a Mediterranean Port

Object Details

Title:

A Calm at a Mediterranean Port

Artist/Maker(s):

Claude-Joseph Vernet (French, 1714 - 1789)

Culture:

French

Date:

1770

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

113 x 145.7 cm (44 1/2 x 57 3/8 in.)

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In brilliant detail, Claude-Joseph Vernet captured the gorgeous weather and leisurely activities of a day by the sea. Fishermen clean the day's catch on a stone pier while several people chat nearby, one of them pointing toward the large ship in the bay. Meanwhile, a man sits and smokes his pipe, the tobacco glowing a bright red. A cumulus cloud, perhaps the remnant of a distant storm, towers to the left of the setting sun. Warm tones of yellow, orange and red predominate, suggesting a hazy sunset after a bright day.

In A Calm, Vernet portrayed a completely peaceful scene in striking contrast to its pendant, A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast. Taken together, the two works show, on the one hand, nature's benevolence, and on the other, nature's fury.

Provenance
1767 - 1779

Thomas King, fifth baron King, 1712 - 1779 (Ockham Park, Ripley, Surrey, England), commissioned from the artist, about 1767.

1779 - 1793

Peter King, sixth baron King, 1736 - 1793 (Ockham Park, Ripley, Surrey, England), by inheritance to Peter King, 1793.

1793 - 1833

Peter King, seventh baron King, 1775 - 1833 (Ockham Park, Ripley, Surrey, England), by inheritance to William King-Noel, 1833.

1833 - 1893

William King-Noel, first earl of Lovelace, died 1893 (Ockham Park, Ripley, Surrey, England), by inheritance to Ralph Gordon Noel King-Milbanke, 1893.

1893 - 1906

Ralph Gordon Noel King-Milbanke, second earl of Lovelace, died 1906 (Horsley Towers, Surrey, England), by inheritance to his half-brother, Lionel Fortescue King, 1906.

1906 - 1929

Lionel Fortescue King, third earl of Lovelace, died 1929 (Horsley Towers, Surrey, England), by inheritance to Peter Malcolm King, 1929.

1929 -

Peter Malcolm King, fourth earl of Lovelace (possibly Whitwell Hatch, Haselmere or Horsley Towers, Surrey, England) [Sotheby's, London. July 13, 1937, lot 114 (unsold).], by inheritance to his wife, Manon, countess of Lovelace.

- 1990

Manon, countess of Lovelace, died 1990, upon her death, held in trust by the estate.

1990 - 1993

Estate of Manon, countess of Lovelace, died 1990 [sold, Christie's, London, December 10, 1993, lot 55, to Richard Green Gallery]

1993 - 1994

Richard Green Gallery (London, England), sold to a private collector, 1994.

1994 - late 1990s

Private Collection (Paris, France)

by late 1990s

Richard Green Gallery (London, England), sold to a private collector.

Private Collection (London, England)

2002

Richard Green Gallery (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002.

Exhibitions
Autour de Claude-Joseph Vernet: La marine à voile de 1650 à 1890 (July to October, 1999)
  • Musée des beaux-arts (Rouen), July to October, 1999, (Cat. as "Port méditerranéen, temps calme, coucher de soleil" Cat. 26)
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    Audio: A Calm at a Mediteranean Port / A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast