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  1. Messieurs, Il faut que je signale une grosse erreur d’identification de mon côté. C’est très probablement à tort que j’avais identifié le portrait d’un vaisseau de 74 canons nommé "Le Lys" comme celui du vaisseau ex-"Le Polonais", lancé à Lorient en 1808. Par conséquent, je étais également en erreur en ce qui concerne l’identité du commandant de ce vaisseau. Je dois donc donner raison à ceux qui se montraient sceptique quant à mon raisonnement, surtout au "Citoyen" qui était le premier à émettre des doutes. J’avais trés simplement négligé la possibilité qu’il aurait pu exister d’autres va
  2. Portrait du capitaine de vaisseau Baudin par Nicolas-Martin Petit, vers 1802, et copie simplifiée du même par Phillip Parker King (vers 1810?): https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/blogs/portrait-nicolas-baudin
  3. Not perfect, but better: https://www.auction.fr/_en/lot/ecole-francaise-xviiieme-siecle-laquo-le-triomphant-de-quatre-vingts-canons-raquo-506937
  4. Recently, and by pure chance, I stumbled across a contemporary French depiction of "L’Orient". It’s a naively painted watercolour, but painted by an actual crew member and represents the ship as it actually must have looked like in the second half of the 1790s. The painter's name is François-Xavier Moulin (an ancestor of the French Resistance fighter Jean Moulin). He was a recipient of the St. Helena medal, and in the accompanying certificate is mentioned that he served from 1792 to 1815, as a soldier of the 2nd naval artillery regiment. https://www.jeanmoulin.fr/Ancetres
  5. Sorry, it's getting a bit academic now. The National Maritime Museum owns two watercolors showing the stern and figurehead of the French 118-gun ship “Le San Culote” (“Le Sans Culotte”). No date, no signature, no inscription whatsoever. There may never have been any, or they may have been cut away: https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/140075.html https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/140076.html According to the museum, these drawings were executed c. 1795, in my opinion they were made between September 1792 (abolition of the monarchy) and May 1795
  6. An interesting watercolour titled " 'Censeur' & 'Ça Ira' (French) taken by 'Illustrious' and 'Courageux' (English) In Lord Hotham's Action off Spezzia, 14th March, 1795", apparently painted by an eye witness ("Drawn by a Midshipman on board the 'Courageux' "), which seems quite credible. https://www.charlesmillerltd.com/auction/lot/lot-54---naval-school-circa-1795-censeur-and-a-ira-taken-by-illustrious-and-courageux-in-lord-hothams-action-off-spezia-14th-march-1795/?lot=13918&so=4&st=french&sto=0&au=&ef=&et=&ic=False&sd=1&pp=48&pn=1&g=1#
  7. Long time ago, a nice contemporary representation of the ship in colour, attributed to F. J. Emeric, could be found on the net. Still there, but the resolution is lousy: https://www.tessier-sarrou.com/lot/841/268990?npp=100&offset=100& A slightly better picture of the bow section only can be found in a second catalogue (p.4): http://www.la-rose-des-vents.com/anciens catalogues/Marseille 02.pdf If someone has better pictures - thanks for sharing. 🙂
  8. Another chance find, the decorations of the French 74 gun ship-of-the-line "D'Hautpoult" (click the second of the four thumbnails and enlarge). http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/un-hommage-au-xviiie-sicle-adriano-ribolzi-antiquaire/lot.81.html# The sculptor was Bara (signed "Bara M[aî]tre Sculp[teur], obviously Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Bara (lived 1757 [not 1763]-1830 according to the CATALOGUE DES PLANS DE BÂTIMENTS À VOILES CONSERVÉS DANS LES ARCHIVES DE LA MARINE, p.435), maître sculpteur de la Marine at Lorient; don't know who the Charles-Joseph Bara mentioned in
  9. Speaking of Ganteaume … Wikipedia are notorious for presenting a lot of inaccurate information - due to incompetent contributors. Just one striking example of how justified this charge is is the entry on Ganteaume on the French Wikipedia. There, a contributor calling himself "Jaugrand" has posted a portrait of a French naval officer whom, with utter conviction and without bringing up further evidence, he claims to be Ganteaume. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Honoré_Joseph_Antoine_Ganteaume.jpg This is impossible. Ganteaume was appointed contre-amiral on 7
  10. Found out who commanded the Mont-Blanc after Magon: Cosmao-Kerjulien, at the time capitaine de vaisseau/chef de division (i.e. Commodore), took over on 10 August 1802, apparently till 8 March 1805 (when Lavillegris took over officially). On 16 March 1805, Cosmao took command of le Pluton. (https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k33369055/f289.item.r=cosmao.texteImage). Still, in my opinion, the identity of the ship painted by Roux remains open as there is no original caption revealing the ship's name. As mentioned before, the flag hoisted on the main mast is that of a chef de division
  11. Just one correction. The date of this plan is 15 germinal an 8 (5 April 1800), with the "1" disappearing in the fold. See also here, p. 364, no. 1994: https://francearchives.fr/fr/file/12b05aae868cace066fac26363c928e4bcecd8cb/FRSHD_PUB_00000227.pdf
  12. I don't know whether this catalogue on Napoleon's navy has already been posted somewhere. So, just in case ... http://www.chateauversailles.fr/resources/pdf/fr/presse/DP_marine_def.pdf Just excerpts, unfortunately. Actually, the catalogue has 184 pages: https://www.amazon.fr/Maquettes-marine-impériale-Collection-Trianon/dp/9461611498/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_fr_FR=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=maquettes+de+la+marine+imperiale&qid=1589569178&sr=8-1
  13. More catalogues from the Central Naval Museum which may be helpful for our time frame: http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1547799816v_plenu_u_poseidona_s_metkami-compressed.pdf http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1497513296morskoi_mundir.pdf http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1497014011arhitektura_korablya_katalog_vustavki.pdf http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1557747784morskoi_muzei_310_blok_210h230_bez_metok_smol-compressed.pdf http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/15577456844vremenigoda.pdf http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1557743432baltiiskii_flot._tri_ve
  14. Hi, Just an idea ... A lot of interesting information may be gained from catalogues published by various naval museums over the last years. I'd like to start by providing this link: http://cdn.navalmuseum.ru/Files/pdf/1557743331albom_museam_2016-x.pdf Check it out. 🙂
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