Study of a boat by Eugène Isabey


Study of a boat by Eugène Isabey.

Eugène Isabey

Paris 1803 – Montévrain 1886

Study of a boat


Inscribed Le Havre 1826 lower left.

291 x 374 mm – 11 7/16 x 14 3/4 in.

Provenance – Alfred Normand collection, his mount.

Exhibition – Eugène Isabey 1803 – 1886, Château de Dieppe, 20 juin – 15 septembre 1966, n° 63.

Literature – Pierre Miquel, Eugène Isabey 1803 – 1886, Catalogue raisonné. La Marine au XIXe siècle, Maurs la Jolie, éditions de la Martinelle, 1980, p.94, fig.46, illustrated.


This Study of a boat can be dated to the very first years of Isabey’s career:  after a golden youth, the young man was cut off supplies by his father and forced to use his natural talent for drawing in order to make a living. Settling in Normandy, young Isabey began to sell modest drawings of fish and boats. This study bears a charming testimony of Isabey’s hesitant start, before he became “our best marine painter” according to writer and critic Theophile Gautier. 

Condition report- Very good condition, minor stains in the upper part and the lower part.

Framing options

Pas de cadre, Cadre Louis XVI plat Or (4cm), Cadre Louis XVI plat Noir et Or (4cm), Cadre plat (4cm) teinté ébène, Cadre inversé (3,3 cm) teinté ébène, Cadre Louis XVI or (3cm)