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‘Leonie’, Port of Marseille, France |c. 1869

Mathieu-Antoine Roux (French 1799-1872)

Watercolour, gouache, pencil, pen, black ink on paper

$ 3,300

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Inscribed lower centre margin: ‘Leonie’ – the name of the ship.

Lower right margin signed, town and date: ‘Ant. Roux fils Aine. Marseille. 1869’

(Ant. (abbreviation for Antoine) Roux eldest son. Marseille. 1869)


Label of hydrographic business from the Roux family:


‘Antoine Roux Fils


Fait et Vend toutes sortes d’Ustensils et d’ouvrages pour la Navigation.

Sur le Port, pres le coin de Reboul,


N.B. il Dessine les Marines.’

English Translation:

Antoine Roux Eldest Son


Seller of Navigational instruments and hydrographic surveyer

At the Port, by coin de Reboul.


(N.B. He Draws Marine Paintings)

Inscribed 1869 in pencil on the label

The label features the Roux family business illustration which depicts two men, one using a telescope and the other using an octant. Mathieu Antoine used the same image his grandfather had introduced in his hydrographic business and that became associated with the Roux family.

Leonie was built in Nantes, France, in 1861. It was a sailing boat used for cargo. The shipowner was Lebollicaut.

About the Family:

The Roux Family of Marseille were involved in the hydrographic business for over three generations and the family were considered the foremost marine painters in France at that time.

Ange-Joseph Antoine Roux, known simply as Antoine Roux, was the most prolific and adept at creating ship portraits. Antoine Rouix and had three sons and a daughter: Mathieu-Antoine, Ursule-Josephine, Francois Joseph Frederic, Francois Geoffroi who all continued in the family business.

About the artist:

Mathieu-Antoine Roux, who like his father went by “Antoine Roux”, was born in Marseille, France on May 20 1799. He is the elder son of Antoine and Rose Elisabeth Gabrielle Catelin. Antoine also became a marine painter, although he is not considered to be quite as skilled as his brothers or father were but his paintings are often mistaken to be his father ones. He signed his paintings as ‘Ant. Roux Fils Aine’, which can be translated as ‘Antoine Roux the Eldest Son’. He continued the family business based at the Port in Marseille.


The Estate of Cecile Parker Carver, Prout’s Neck, Maine. USA
The Maritime Collection of Desmond Adcock. AUS

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