Journal manuscript

François d'Orléans, Prince de Joinville

Dover, 29 September 1853 - Folio 4 verso
Journal of the Prince of Joinville 1853-1854 / [Joinville]. - 1854-1958

© National Museum of the Navy / P.Dantec

Journal manuscript
[-1835 1858]
6 volumes

François d'Orléans, Prince de Joinville
(1818-1900)

François d'Orléans, Prince de Joinville was born in Neuilly on August 14 1818. He is the third son of Louis-Philippe. He embraces very early a maritime career to which he devotes himself fully. He participated in major naval actions of his time such as the Battle of Saint John Ulloa (1838), the campaign of Mogador, and especially the return of the ashes of Napoleon from the island of St. Helena (1840). If his texts evoke with wonder the beautiful sailing ships on which he sails, his innovative spirit supports and encourages the navy of the future, in this case the steamship. In this field, he defends from the start the ship project presented by the engineer Dupuy de Lome which will finally be accepted in 1847. In 1848, when the revolution dethroned his father, he was forced into exile. He leaves France that he will return only 22 years later. His career takes him through various European countries and finally to the United States where his son has to enter the Naval School. Always anxious to serve his country, he offered his services to Napoleon III in the American Civil War but he refused them.

Alongside his military and political activities, François d'Orléans is a cultivated character, scholar and above all endowed with a great human and artistic sensibility. A talented artist and watercolorist (he was a pupil of Theodore Gudin and Ary Scheffer), he never left his sketchbooks. The illustrations that punctuate the text, but also the layout and the writing of its newspapers, testify of a very fine sensibility and a clear artistic talent. Prince de Joinville's manuscript journals kept in the National Museum of the Marine's library are a set of six volumes covering the period from 1835 to 1857. They are the outline of Old Memories, the work he publishes in 1894, at the end of his life - he dies in 1900 - but voluntarily interrupts the fatal date of 1848.

National Marine Museum Library, J3305 to 3309, J3755
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Cordoba - Folio 52 verso
Journal of the Prince of Joinville 1853-1854 / [Joinville]. - 1854-1958

© National Museum of the Navy / P.Dantec

Rise of Olbera Castle near Ronda - Folio 85 recto
Journal of the Prince of Joinville 1853-1854 / [Joinville]. - 1854-1958
© National Museum of the Navy / P.Dantec

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