The War of 1812
TURK of Salem
Unframed 22 1/2″ L x
Framed 27 1/2″ H x 21″ L
is an early work that replicates the watercolor in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA of the French
artist’s Antoine Roux’s watercolor showing the “Letter
of Marque Grand Turk, 14 guns, entering and saluting Marseilles, 1815“.
The ship was built in
1812 at Wiscasset, Maine and registered 309 tons, and carried 14 guns. William Austin commanded her during the war.
“Letter of Marque Grand
Turk 14 guns entering and saluting Marseilles, 1815”In
a later period advertisement after the war, she was put up for sale at public auction at the India Wharf in Salem. The advertisement
says that she performed five cruises during the war and is considered one of the best vessels in her class in the United States.
Her arms and armament were sold afterwards in a separate sale.According
to the Ship Registers of the district of Salem and Beverly Essex Institute in 1906, and related in a note affixed to the reverse,
the brigantine “Grand Turk was built in Wiscasset, Maine, in 1812, and “was a celebrated privateer in the war of 1812.” She
was apparently owned in Boston and sailed in and out of Salem and after the war made merchant voyages for William Gray of
Marine Paintings and Drawings
Peabody Essex MuseumPage 8
—————————————————————Roux, Ange-Joseph Antoine ( French [1765-1835]
)For an inside look into Antoine Roux’s sketchbooks
visit our online program: The Sketchbooks Of Antoine Roux
1174 Brig GRAND TURK of Salem Saluting Marseilles
Watercolor 17 1/2 x 24 1/4 in., signed: Ant Roux au Marseille, 1815.
1812, Wiscasset Maine, 309 tons, 14 guns William Austin commander.
in the Peabody-Essex Museum
There is no question that the unknown artist has captured the Antoine
Roux’s work exactly and explains why the painting was originally misclassified as an original.
CONDITION: The watercolor is in excellent condition, but the paper shows age spotting
or foxing foxing it a mottled sepia tone which is pleasing too the eye. The frame is a new reproduction of a period piece.
Purchased at auction in 2009. It was listed in the catalog as an original work attributed to Antoine Roux. This was corrected
by an addendum saying it was an old artist study of the original, maybe dating from 1815, which is in the Peabody Essex Museum
in Salem. This is the first time it has been oferred for sale since. A similar and much later study was auctioned August,
2012 and sold for $4425.00 including Buyer’s Premium..