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St Devenick Entering Leghorn 1865

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Artist: Luigi P.Renault,

A ship's portrait by the Italian artist, Luigi P. Renault, inscribed 'St.Devenick Of Aberdeen, James Jeffrey Commander Entering Leghorn 1865'. Contained within a period bird's-eye maple frame.  
w:36.75" x h:25.75"
 For a similar work please see The Bark Isaac Rich, 1876, Luigi Renault (1845-ca. 1910), Leghorn, Italy, National Heritage Museum collection, Special Acquisitions Fund, 90.14. 
ST. DEVENICK was built in Aberdeen 1864, a barquentine of 257 tons, 114' 3" x 24' 8" x 14' 5". She was later sold into the Mediterranean fleet. 
Luigi Renault was a talented and very productive artist, considered a child prodigy among the Italian ship portraitists. Apparently trained by his father Michele Renault (fl. 1840-68), who was also a ship portrait artist. As with most Mediterranean 'Pierhead Painters' Luigi usually worked in gouache; this portrait is rare being executed in oil on canvas. He was active in Leghorn between 1858 and 1880, later being appointed marine artist to King Victor Emanuel of Italy.

Item Code: 2575

£ 6250

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