(1802–1880), French marine painter. Théodore Jean Antoine Gudin was born in Paris on August 15, 1802. His mother, a widow, did her best to provide a good education for her two sons. While Théodore decided to enter the French naval college and serve as a naval officer, his brother decided to become an artist. From 1816 to 1830, the Collège Royal de Marine was at Angoulême, strangely located far from any seaside. Because he did not intend to learn seamanship ashore, Théodore Gudin entered the U.S. Navy. He embarked in the brig Manchester, which was carrying out surveys off Newfoundland. When he returned to France, his brother convinced him to leave his seafaring career and learn painting.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Maritime History.