ONE OF THE EARLIEST VIEWS OF SAVANNAH

 

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AUTHOR:

VERNET, CLAUDE JOSEPH

TITLE:

Vue du Port de Savannah dans l’Amerique. Gravee après le Tableau de Vernet.

CONDITION:

7” x 9”. Black and white engraving.

DATE:

[no place no date, but ca.1775-1783]

DESCRIPTION:

This is one of only two views of Savannah published in the 18th century, the other being the Gordon view, 1734. It was one of a series of views of American ports published in France during the period of the American Revolution, based on the work of C. J. Vernet (1714-1789), an accomplished painter of marine and port views.

Six views from the series have been identified: Savannah; Port Royal, S. C.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Boston, Charlestown, Mass.; and Philadelphia, each set in an elegant oval frame. There may have been other views in the series, and the whole may have been issued bound, but no such copy has been identified by any source we consulted.

This view of Savannah is actually one of a European port with an added American place name. Anxious to take advantage of the French public’s interest in American affairs, and aware of their ignorance of the actual appearance of American towns, the French publisher adapted his prints from Vernet’s series of paintings of French ports, and simply added the name of an American town to each. The prints are of great interest as manifestations of France’s pro-American sympathies during the Revolution.

REFERENCES:

Deak, Picturing America, 147.

Inventory No. 8061

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