A view of the Port of Cádiz


This King’s Topographical Collection view of Cádiz was part of a Collection of Ports of Spain and Portugal by Noël. A former pupil of Claude-Joseph Vernet, Noël planned the series as a continuation of Vernet’s Ports of France. Men dressed in broad-brimmed hats and cloaks and women carrying rosaries and fans drink and dance in the foreground, while warships about to take part in the siege of nearby Gibraltar leave the harbour in the background. The draughtsman sketching at right could be Noël, who travelled in Spain and Portugal between 1780 and 1782. The men in Oriental costume and the newly finished Customs House on the opposite shore evince Cádiz’s cosmopolitanism and the wealth generated by its position in the Atlantic trade.

Full title:
Vue du Port de Cadix (View of the Port of Cádiz)
1788, Paris
Etching / Engraving / View
François Allix, Alexandre Jean Noël
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Public Domain
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British Library
Maps K.Top.72.14.

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