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Monday 22 April 2024

Jean Rougeot de Briel, “Smugglers on the Normandy Coast”, 1841

Jean Rougeot de Briel (1795-1871)—a French painter specialising in miniatures.

“Smugglers on the Normandy Coast”, 1841—note that the title is based on a similar scene painted by George Morland (1763–1802), “Sea-Coast Scene, Smugglers”, 1793, showing smugglers with barrels and a horse laden with wicker panniers (see—charcoal and white chalk drawing on buff-coloured wove paper, backed with a support sheet, initialled and dated in ink at lower right corner: “R. de B. 8 Juillet 1841.”

If I am wrong in my interpretation of the subject of this drawing, my apologies. The portrayed scene may be simply an everyday occurrence on the beach around the 1840s (the dealer from whom I purchased this drawing advised me the setting is the Normandy coast) with folk selling fish and other items.

Size: (sheet) 16.4 x 22.8 cm.

Condition: The drawing is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains and is laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this finely executed charcoal drawing with stumping and heightened with white chalk, for the total cost of AU$382 (currently US $245.74/EUR 230.36/GBP 198.44 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this historically interesting drawing of smuggling in plain sight (i.e., not a covert operation) as suggested by the couple casually strolling in the far distance, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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