About this artwork
This sheet presents a series of studies of ships in different action scenes. In the upper left, Tavarone rendered a ship in full sail with the whole crew depicted. To the right, fainter strokes render the outlines of other vessels mid-sail. In the sheet’s dramatic lower register, a vessel lilts far on its right side, while sailors bend under the weight of the items they carry off board the sinking ship. For the small, mercantile city-state of Genoa, shipwrecks were events of commercial and political consequence. They served as a reminder of the risky and uncertain fortunes of a society built on maritime trade.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Lazzaro Tavarone
- Crew Abandoning Ship (recto) Sketches of Corinthian Columns (verso)
- Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper
- Inscribed recto, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "Cambiaso"; lower right, in graphite: "532 / 532"; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "... 17. 7bre 1829"
- 374 × 270 mm
- The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection