Single sheet (18 x 23 2/8 inches). French frigate "L'Atlantique", but possibly the "Atalante", departing the port of Marseille in quite rough seas. Signed lower right "Hre. Pellegrin Marseille, 1848", titled beneath the image, the ship shown broadside and flying the French flag and three other penants. Watercolor and pen and ink on paper, framed (a bit toned).
Provenance: artist's printed paper label on the verso.
Possibly the "Atalante", a second class Frigate launched in 1825 at Lorient – decommissioned in December of 1850. 1825-1850 was a time of relative peace for the French Navy. France had lost most of its colonial outposts in the Americas at the end of the 18th-century, and only annexed Algeria in 1830, the same year that the Greek Revolutionary War, which had been affecting the eastern Mediterranean, was won by the Greeks. Catalogued by Kate Hunter