(Avignon 1714 - 1789 Paris)Born in Avignon in 1714, Vernet trained with his father, a minor decorative painter, and with the history painter, Philippe Sauvan (1697-1792). With the support of a local nobleman, he went to study in Italy in 1734. In Rome he quickly established himself as a painter of topographical and imaginary landscapes and marines, which enabled him to stay there for nearly twenty years. His years in Italy were spent mainly in the Eternal City, although he also worked in Naples. This period coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of visitors from northern Europe who were making the Grand Tour, and his art was especially designed for such an international audience, notably the British. His imaginary marines were inspired by the coastline near Naples where his landscapes are based on the Roman campagna and picturesque sites such as Tivoli.