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The artist was born in Paris in 1802 and trained at the École des Beaux-Arts. He then studied at the studio of Anne-Louis Girodet (1767–1824). Gudin first exhibited at the Salon in 1822, winning a prestigious gold medal in 1824. He became the leading painter of marine subjects and was appointed Peintre de la Marine Royale in 1827. Gudin spent a considerable amount of time in Scotland, particularly Aberdeenshire, after his marriage to Margaret-Louis Hay, the daughter of Lord Hay of Seaton in 1842.
oil on canvas
H 46.3 x W 61.8 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885