1860 c. L. Lebreton - Merchant Brig Ship - Folio stone lithograph - hand colour - Maritime


Merchant Brig. Its main use was to trade commodities between islands. They were especially popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Brigs fell out of use with the arrival of the steam ship because they required a relatively large crew for their small size and were difficult to sail into the wind. Their rigging differs from that of a brigantine which has a gaff-rigged mainsail, while a brig has a square mainsail with an additional gaff-rigged spanker behind the mainsail.

'"Brick de commerce en panne, embarquant sa chaloupe"

Louis Le Breton

Stone lithograph 30 x 23 cm

This example in ORIGINAL HAND COLOUR. Not held by the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Louis Le Breton (1818 in Douarnenez – 1866) was a French painter who specialised in marine paintings.

Le Breton studied medicine and took part in Dumont d'Urville's second voyage aboard the Astrolabe. After the official illustrator of the expedition died, Le Breton replaced him. From 1847 he devoted himself mainly to depicting marine subjects for the French Navy.