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Brigantin donnant chasse a une Felouque, et prest alaborder
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Randon; Sbonski de Passebon, Henri
Place made: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseilles
Date made: 1720
Materials: ink; laid paper; cloth
Measurements: 17 1/2 in x 22 in
Nomenclature: brigantines; felouques; feluccas; faluas
Classification: vessel depictions
A copperplate engraving from the book titled, 'Plan de plusieurs bâtimens de mer avec leurs proportions dedié à Son Altesse Serenissime Monseigneur Louis Auguste de Bourbon' (Marseille: c. 1720) by the French Captain Henri Sbonski de Passebon. The book was a collection of naval architecture prints. The print depicts a felucca (right) with perhaps pirates aboard giving chase to a Genoese brigantine (left) immediately off a rocky shore. On both vessels, there is a sense of urgency; a Genoese man stretches his arms in fear or exasperation to row faster and men visibly strain to pull back their oars in an effort to catch the brigantine. Men aim with rifles and on the felucca the man at the head of the ship wields a sabre. Smoke billows from the shore in the background.