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Washed Up Ships

A work made of pen and black ink on brown wove card.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen and black ink on brown wove card.




Rodolphe Bresdin
French, 1825-1885

About this artwork

In addition to being an accomplished draughtsman, Bresdin was a proficient printmaker. In its intense detail, and with its clear tonal contrasts, this linear drawing recalls his etchings. Unlike many of his works, however, it bears a date and signature. A friend of writers and poets, Bresdin worked frequently as an illustrator. Although it does not seem that this work was destined for a particular project, much of his imagery borders on the fantastic. The buildings on the shoreline seem to lean with the mast of the larger ship. Above a spire, meanwhile, a flock of birds peppers the sky.


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Prints and Drawings


Rodolphe Bresdin


Washed Up Ships


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Pen and black ink on brown wove card


Signed and dated lower left, in image, in pen and black ink: "rodolphe / Bresdin / 1864"


Primary support: 17.1 × 11.1 cm (6 3/4 × 4 3/8 in.); Secondary support: 31.9 × 23.8 cm (12 9/16 × 9 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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