Vernet was best known to his contemporaries for his realistic and often stormy marine paintings that captured the natural world realistically on canvas, while suggesting a divine presence through the use of dramatic lighting, ravaged landscape, and atmospheric effects. His works were much imitated and especially sought-after by British collectors in the 18th and 19th century.


  • Title: A Shipwreck
  • Date: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w622 x h441 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: French
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Bequest of H. Margaret Spanton, 1934.
  • Follower of: Vernet, Claude Joseph
  • Acquisition Method: Spanton, H. Margaret (Bequest, 1934)

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