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Une Famille dartistes Brestois au XVIIIe sie`cle.

Les Ozanne.

By Dr Charles Auffret

1891 - Rennes

13" by 10", 194pp plus plates

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A scare copy of Auffret's work on the Ozanne family's work of the Eighteenth Century which includes numerous examples of their work.

First Edition

In French

Bound in paper with gilt lettering

Nicolas Ozanne (1728-1811) was one of the artists in the Ozanne family. He was a French draughtsman, engraver and marine engineer. He was a precocious draughtsman and at the age of ten was working at the Arsenal in Brest. In 1750 he was named drawing-master of the Gardes du Pavillon Amiral et de la Marine in Brest. Entrusting his appointment to his younger brother Pierre Ozanne (1737-1813), he was called in 1751 to Versailles to participate in the publication of the series of drawings and engravings entitled the Voyage du Roi Louis XV au Havre en 1749. He made contact with Parisian artists and the engineers and high functionaries of the Ministere de la Marine. In 1755-6 he had the chance to accompany Joseph Vernet to southern France when the latter painted his views of the Ports of France for Louis XV. He received the appointment of Dessinateur de la Marine in 1756 and published the Marine militaire ou recueil des differents vaisseaux qui servent  la guerre (Paris, 1762), a volume of didactic engravings. He was also named maritime instructor to the princes of the royal family and in 1769 became Inginieur Ordinaire de la Marine. He produced numerous drawings, watercolours and engravings, among them two views of Paris (Navigation de barques et chalands sur la Seine devant les Tuileries and Les Chantiers du quai de la Grenouillre, lors de la construction d'un grand navire; both pen and black ink and black wash) now in the Musee Carnavalet, Paris. He is best known for his countless maritime drawings (views of French ports, naval battles, illustrated treatises on naval construction), some published as prints, the originals of others housed for the most part at the Musee de la Marine, Paris, and the Cabinet des Dessins, Musee du Louvre, Paris.

CONDITION

The binding is firm. The outer hinges are starting slightly. There is some wear to the extremities, including some bumping and some rubbing. The front inner hinge is slightly strained and there are amorial bookplates on the pastedowns. Internally the pages are generally clean with some browning to the edges and some mild intermittant spotting which is mostly towards the front of the book.  Some of the pages have been reinforced. There is also some mild offsetting from some of the plates, and the previous owner has fixed some pages from another book on the Ozannes into the text. Overall the condition of the book is very good.

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