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Vue de la Montagne pélée, au midi

Vue de la Montagne pélée, au midi

Artist: Moreau de Jonnes, Alexandre

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1808-1810

Shelfmark: Add. 49362 B

Item number: ff.10

Length: 121

Width: 199

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

Sketch of Mount Pelée on the island of Martinique. Pelée is the highest peak on the island at 1,397 meters and is volcanic. Pelée had not erupted for many hundreds of years and in the 18th and 19th centuries islanders lived on its slopes, in simple buildings like those featured in the sketch, unaware of their precarious position. Pelée literally translated means 'bald one,' a reference to the bare upper peak. It was a popular subject for painters such as Gaugin in the 19th century. This sketch was drawn by Alexandre Moreau de Jonnès who was stationed in Martinique with the French Navy in the early 1800s.

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