Louis-Philippe Crepin

Le Havre – The Artists – Crepin, Louis-Philippe

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who painted in Le Havre. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Louis-Philippe Crépin (1772- 1851) was a French marine painter. Together with Theodore Gudin, he was appointed as one of France’s first two “Peintres de la Marine” (Official Navy painters) in 1830.

He studied marine painting with Joseph Vernet and landscapes with Hubert Robert. Before that, he had been a sailor with four years of experience as a helmsman and “gabier” (a seaman in charge of the sails). He had his first exhibit at the Paris in 1796 with “La sortie du port de Brest”. He would hold showings there intermittently until 1835.

His best known painting is “Combat de la frégate française La Bayonnaise contre la frégate anglaise l’Embuscade 14 décembre 1798”, which was commissioned by Napoleon for display at the Tuileries. It was shown at the Salon in 1801. Until 1834, it was hung in the former residence of the Empress at the Château de Saint-Cloud, then was transferred to Versailles by King Louis Philippe I.

Since 1935, it has been at the Musée national de la Marine. He also was one of the fourteen artists who contributed to Episodes maritimes, along with Garneray, Gudin, Isabey, Biard and others, who have largely been forgotten.

Click here to read his full bio on Wikipedia.

We found one of his works of Le Havre.

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1824 - Louis-Philippe Crepin - Le Havre, seen from the sea
1824 – Louis-Philippe Crepin – Le Havre, seen from the sea

TODAY: The coastline has changed dramatically over the last 2 centuries, with lots of buildings.

Crepin painted in several spots in Normandy, which will be featured eventually on this site. A link “” to those cities will appear below when published.

Here are the painters/artists who painted in Le Havre (a “*” indicates that the artist did not worked directly in Le Havre itself, instead worked closeby, a link “” to the artist’s works will appear below when published):

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