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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil

The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
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Morel-Fatio, Pilot Boat New York Morel-Fatio, Frigate 1st Class Morel-Fatio, Ship of the Line at Anchor Morel-Fatio, Merchant Ships in Harbor Morel-Fatio, English Cargo Ship Lebreton, English Packet Boat Lebreton, Packet Boat Le Havre-New York

All  the  Abundance

From  Far  East  to  the  Mississippi

From  Boat  to  Ship  of  the  Line  1st Class  to  Steamer

From  Launching  Ways  to  Shipwreck

Lebreton – Morel-Fatio – Album de Marine. Set of

80  chalk  lithographs

with  111  ship & maritime  motifs

after Louis Lebreton (41), Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio (37) as well as two further (2) in upright and – quite predominant – oblong formats. Paris, Monrocq, no year (c. 1870). 4to. Loose in red cloth box with 3 closing ribbons (1 torn off).

Morel-Fatio, Transatlantic Steamer

Cf. Polak 5515. – Not in Bibliothèque Nationale, British Library, Library of Congress. – Merely single plates in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, (3, Lebreton) and Nederl. Scheepvaartsmuseum (c. 8, 7 of which Morel-Fatio), with only 2 appearing as ascertained for present edition. – In German trade in the 1970s figuring under the same title just Lebreton’s 40 plates. – Here not provable later (posthumous?) compilation of apparently different series each with addition of the title above left and continuous numbering 1-80 above right as well as the printer’s address “Paris, Monrocq fr. Edit. Imp. r. Suger, 3.”, partly also – also additionally – “Imp. Monrocq à Paris” (5) / “Imp. J. Monrocq” (9) and with addition “Paris” (2) resp., at the lower edge. Three plates without address. – Mostly inscribed and monogrammed resp. in the stone, three plates additionally dated 1855/56/60, one further illegibly. – 9 plates feebly foxed. Within the subject of pl. 35 as well as on the back of pl. 34 stronger fox spot, 1 plate with vertical pleat originating from printing. The box especially at the corners somewhat age-marked, the front cover a little stained, here and at the back slightly paled.

In  the  rich  abundance  of  the  ships

—  partly  set  before  fine  landscape  or  harbor  scenery  —

boats and fishing boats of all kinds & regions , sloop , galliot , koff , tartana , Chinese and Japanese junks , Venetian gondola , Turkish caïque , felucca , xebecs , polacre , pilot boats – i. a. of New York – , an English yacht , brigs , clipper , a Baltimore schooner , in heavy seas a

Lebreton, Whaler

whaler  among  blowing  whales ,

frigates & ships of the line of various classes , frequently already with additional steam engine for paddle or propeller , ironclads , steamers , paddlewheel packet boats for the transatlantic traffic , the

Lebreton, Mississippi Steamer

Mississippi  steamboat  “Uncas” .

Noteworthy further atmospheric seascapes , charming harbor scenes , a naval battle of paddle and propeller driven, yet still full-rigged ships of the line as well as a

Lebreton, Brazilian Schooner

Brazilian  schooner  amongst  pod  of  dolphins .

Topped off finally for beginning and end of a ship’s life by some shipyard and shipwreck scenes as well as scrapping in the harbor.


(Le Breton, Douarnenez [Finistère] 1818 – Paris 1866), son of a navy surgeon, passes through the École de Médecine de la Marine in Brest and then, not even 19 years old, takes part as assistant surgeon on board the L’Astrolabe on her second circumnavigation 1837-40 under his uncle’s, Jules Dumont d’Urville, command. Trained during the voyage by Ernest Goupil (1814-1840), the official painter of this at once final of the great scientific circumnavigations, in drawing and painting, he becomes his successor following his death in Hobart (Tasmania) early 1840. Result of the voyage is the Atlas pittoresque du Voyage au Pôle Sud et en Océanie with 534 etched and lithographed plates from Goupil’s and Lebreton’s drawings. Returned to France, by Dumont d’Urville’s recommendation Lebreton is employed in the Dépôt des Cartes et Plans in Paris, which gives him enough time for painting. After two more voyages as ship’s surgeon 1844/5 he quits the service in 1847 and devotes himself until his death from cholera exclusively to marine painting. Decidedly prolific in his field, Louis Lebreton becomes by it the chronicler of the

epochal  revolution  of  seafaring

by  the  development  from  sailing  ship  to  steamship

during the Second Empire as documented here then also by numerous delineations of ships with mixed propulsion right up to the already almost sailless British packet boat in the Channel.

Morel-Fatio, Brig


(Rouen 1810 – Paris 1871), born into a family of bankers, was first trained in the art of navigation aboard an English merchant ship before he joined the parental bank. However, rather filling the books with ornamental drawings than numbers, after a stopover with another bank he finally turns to the arts and successfully shows already as 23-years-old two marine pieces from the conquest of Algeria at the Salon in 1833. 1838 entrusted by Horace Vernet with the execution of the Battle of San Juan de Ulúa, voyages to Constantinople and as company to Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, future Napoleon III, follow.

Morel-Fatio, Marine

“ Driven by an irresistible attraction, (Morel-Fatio) has adopted the genre which has made Vernet, Gudin famous and ornamented Le Poittevin’s works with all the magic. With large steps Mr. Morel-Fatio follows the traced route. His calm or stormy sea pieces are full of truth. The sails of his boats, now swelled by a fair breeze, now torn by the tempest, his fights, his battles, we are presented with a true picture of changing and now and then dramatic scenes, of which many bear witness of those who hazard themselves in this terrible element. Since ten years this artist has not defaulted on our expectations; we have seen his talent, at first timid, grow, becoming larger, and consolidating. Which subsists with the same ardor …

Morel-Fatio, Naval Battle

“ Ships, masts, rig, artillery, costume, attitude of the seamen, battle scenes,

all  are  represented  with  an  exactness , a truth

which leaves nothing to wish; one sees that the painter has seen with his very own eyes, has taken part in the works, the dangers he knows so well to delineate ”

(Précis analytique des travaux de l’Académie Royale des sciences, belles-lettres et arts de Rouen pendant l’année 1843 [& 1846], Rouen [1844/46], pp. 173 and 156 f. resp.).

Morel-Fatio, Merchant BrigMorel-Fatio, Brig of War

Appointed Peintre de la Marine in 1853, the other year during the Crimean War he joins the expeditions into the Black Sea and to Bomarsund, Russia’s fortress on the Åland Islands taken and destroyed by an Anglo-French fleet. At the same time since 1852 curator of the Musée national de la Marine, Morel-Fatio is not only instrumental in the expansion of the collection – including in particular Joseph Vernet’s harbor views – , but extends this by own departments for ethnography and Chinese art. When 1871 the Prussians reach the Louvre and in such a manner occupy not just Paris but also the collection he is entrusted with, Morel-Fatio suffers a stroke on the terrace.

Beside numerous book illustrations noteworthy i. a. Études de marine positive with inclusive of illustrated title 44 etchings as well as the two lithographed series Marine militaire français and Suite des Navires du Commerce of 12 plates each, from which at least in part also the plates here should originate.

Stylistically different indeed – the two sheets inscribed Ch. Leduc and D. Larn (?) resp. fit in inconspicuously – here then united in the tender charm of chalk lithography

Morel-Fatio, Schooner

at  anchor , under  way  or  heavy  seas ,

world-spanning  all  the  abundance  of  the  ships  under  sail & steam .

Offer no. 28,987 / EUR  2300. / export price EUR  2185. (c. US$ 2641.) + shipping

Plate Index ►
  1. Balancelle de guerre Espagnole – Pilote anglais, voilé à la livarde – Bateau du Nil – Chébek
  2. Dogre – Sloop – Tartane vent arrière – Canot à voile de rivière
  3. Boutre Arabe – Mulet de Lisbonne – Bateau de pèche chinois – Canot de passage à Canton

Lebreton, Boats
Pilote boat – Pécheur – Caboteur – Spéronare (Louis Lebreton)

  1. Pilote boat des Etats-Unis – Pécheur de Sadrines à la voile – Caboteur en construction – Spéronare Maltais
  2. Youyou – Chasse-marée – Petite Bisguine du Hâvre – Baleinière
  3. Ancre – Canot en construction – Bateau recevant ses bordages – Ancre à son muilleur
  4. Bateau de pèche d’Etretat – Garde-pèche et Pécheur de Boulogne – Une Epave – Bateau de pèche Catalan
  5. Yacht de Rivière – Yacht à la voile
  6. Steamer de Rivière – Chaloupes du Hâvre et Arrière d’un Côtre
  7. Pècheur de Sardines de Douarnennez – Pècheur au Mouillage
  8. Petite Tartane au Mouillage – Galiottes Hollandaises (Koff)

Lebreton, Aviso à vapeurLebreton, Goelette Clipper
Avisos à vapeur – Goelette Clipper – Chaloupes de Pèche (Louis Lebreton)

  1. Avisos à vapeur – Arrière d’un Aviso à vapeur et son hélice
  2. Goelette Clipper – Chaloupes de Pèche
  3. Caïque Turque – Gondole Venitienne
  4. Sloop vent arrière – Tartane vent arrière
  5. Frégate mixte de 1er. rang en appareillage
  6. Petite Canonnière au mouillage (Diligente)
  7. Avant d’un Vaisseau cuirassé à éperon – Frégate cuirassée
  8. Petit Paquebot de la Manche

Lebreton, Jonque Japonaise
Canot – Jonque Japonaise (Louis Lebreton)

  1. Canot – Jonque Chinoise – Bateau pécheur
  2. Canot – Jonque Japonaise
  3. Steam-Packet-Boat de la Nelle. Orléans
  4. Trois-mâts polacre de la Méditerranée
  5. Baleinier en croisère de pèche
  6. Corvette aviso à vapeur – Grand Canot à la voile
  7. Frégate cuirassée Anglaise (Achille)
  8. Paquebot du Hâvre aux Etats-Unis

Lebreton, Brick de commerce
Brick de commerce en panne, embarquant sa chaloupe (Louis Lebreton)

  1. Brick de commerce en panne, embarquant sa chaloupe
  2. Goelette de guerre Brésilienne courant grand largue, toutes voiles desue
  3. Paquebot Transatlantique à hélice (Vera-Cruz)
  4. Trois-mâts-Clipper en appareillage
  5. Brick-Goelette
  6. Côtre de l’Etat, garde-pêche
  7. Yacht de course Anglais
  8. Vaisseau de ligne courant grand largue
  9. Vaisseau de ligne, ses voiles au sec
  10. Côtre de la Manche, employé à la pêche au Chalut

Lebreton, Bisquine de la Manche
Bisquines de la Manche, employées à la pêche au Hareng (Louis Lebreton)

  1. Bisquines de la Manche, employées à la pêche au Hareng
  2. Galiotte Norwégienne
  3. Yaths – Impériaux
  4. (Boat Hull on Slipway – Two Cutters)
  5. (Cutter – Rock Coast)
  6. (Chasse-marèe with raised net and brig)
  7. (Schooner in a Lagoon in the South Sea)
  8. (Ship of the Line at Anchor)
  9. (Brig with veered topmasts braced to the wind)
  10. (Naval Battle [Crimean War])
  11. (Xebec [?] before Mediterranian coast)
  12. (Chasse-marèe on the beach)

Morel-Fatio, Vaisseau de ligne 3me rangMorel-Fatio, Vaisseau de ligne 4e rang
Vaisseau de ligne 3me. rang – Vaisseau de ligne 4e. rang (Léon Morel-Fatio)

  1. (Vaisseau de ligne 3me. rang)
  2. (Vaisseau de ligne 4e. rang)
  3. (Marine)
  4. Bateau Pécheur (?)
  5. Vaisseau de ligne de 4e. rang
  6. Trois-mâts Barque
  7. Polacre
  8. Frégate de 1er. rang
  9. Corvette à hélice
  10. Brick de guerre
  11. Balancelle Espagnole
  12. Trois-mâts en perdition
  13. Féluque Italienne
  14. Vapeur Transatlantique
  15. Vaisseau désarmé

Morel-Fatio, Corvette
Corvette salutant (Léon Morel-Fatio)

  1. Corvette salutant
  2. Pécheur Provencal
  3. Pilote de New-York
  4. (Chasse-marée)
  5. Jonques Chinoises
  6. Brick de commerce
  7. Chasse-marée
  8. Batiments de comerce
  9. Grand transport anglais

Morel-Fatio, Chebeck
Chebeck sicilien (Léon Morel-Fatio)

  1. Chebeck sicilien
  2. Bâtiment de commerce sur son lest
  3. Brick-Goelette
  4. Goelette de Baltimore
  5. (Chasse-marèe)
  6. (Vaisseaux de ligne de 4e. rang)
  7. (Yacht [?])

Lebreton, Imperial Yacht