Busy scene in the bay of Gibraltar was executed in 19th century by French marine painter Louis le Breton (1818 in Douarnenez – 1866).
Breton studied medicine and took part in Dumont D'Urville's second voyage aboard the ship ”Astrolabe”. After the official illustrator of the expedition died, Le Breton replaced him.
From 1847 he devoted himself mainly to depicting marine subjects for the French Navy.
Literature: AKL by K.G. Saur; Brewington, 1982; Cazenave, 2001; Delouche, 1977.
Inscription: signed indistinctly with anchor symbol and artist's name Breton, lower left; on the back of the panel: old inscription in pencil with title ”Gibraltar”.
Measurements: unframed w 14 2/3" x h 9 1/4" ( 37,3 x 23,5 cm), framed w 17" x h 11 7/8" ( 43 x 30 cm).
Technique: oil on wood panel, framed.