A ship in a port near a ruined obelisk

Pierre Puget1675 - 1680

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Throughout his life, Pierre Puget expressed a fascination with ships and marine life, probably due to the fact that he was born and raised in the French port city of Marseilles. This detailed drawing of ships in a port is no exception. Here, two deckhands struggle to tether a large vessel, using fragments of a ruined pillar nearby. Another ship sits at anchor in the middle distance, and a half-finished hull is dry-docked to the right. Classical ruins incongruously decorate the far and near shores of the inlet.

Puget's tight parallel lines in pen and ink contribute to the illusion of space, with distant details rendered in hazy chalk. Given his background, it is not surprising that Puget designed and carved ship decorations for a living. He lavished attention on these features, especially the statues decorating the upper deck of the ship and its railings.

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  • Title: A ship in a port near a ruined obelisk
  • Creator: Pierre Puget
  • Date: 1675 - 1680
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.2 x 35.2 cm (9 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black ink and black chalk on vellum
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Signed lower left, "P. PUGET a Tollon".
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2002.1
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Drawings


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