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Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756–1844) - 1799 Engraving, Le Port Dick



A fine late 18th Century/early 19th Century engraving showing a view of Port Dick, near Cook's Inlet to Prince William's Sound in present-day Alaska. Includes native Americans in kayaks or boats; some of the men hold up skins for trade. Presented in an attractive wash-line mount. On laid.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. Watermark to the lower right of the wove under the mount.


11 x 16cm (4.3" x 6.3")

Artist Biography

He was a member of the Institut de France, the Saint Petersburg Academy and the Academy of Milan. His students included Auguste Gaspard Louis Desnoyers. He is buried at the cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris (2nd division).
Tardieu was part of a family of engravers. His brothers were Antoine François Tardieu and Jean Baptiste Pierre Tardieu. His nephews Ambroise and Pierre Antoine Tardieu also worked in this industry.

He learned his craft from his uncle Jacques-Nicolas Tardieu and his godfather Johann Georg Wille. His role models were Gérard Edelinck and Robert Nanteuil. He was considered one of the few engravers who could also implement painted templates with great skill and fineness. He had many students, but especially Auguste Gaspard Louis Desnoyers stood out.
In 1822 he took over the seat of Charles Clément Balvay in the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1825 he was appointed Knight of Legion of Honor. Furthermore, he was a member of the Petersburg Academy and the Milan Academy.

More Information
Code ra968
Artist Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756–1844)
Date 1799
Dimensions 11 x 16cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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