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Exhibition: Emerencià Roig. From sea to canvas

1. Emerencià Roig, a scholar who studied the sea

Title: The wolf's beach. Caricature of Emerencià RoigAuthor: Joan García Junceda and Supervia (Barcelona, 1881 - Blanes, 1948)Chronology: 1929Place of performance: BarcelonaMaterial / technique: ink drawing on paperDimensions: 20 x 16 cm

Title: The wolf's beach. Caricature of Emerencià Roig
Author: Joan García Junceda and Supervia (Barcelona, 1881 - Blanes, 1948)
Chronology: 1929
Place of performance: Barcelona
Material / technique: ink drawing on paper
Dimensions: 20 x 16 cm

Emerencià Roig i Raventós was born in Carrer de les Parellades, Sitges, on 8 August 1881, the son of the painter Joan Roig i Soler. In 1886, the family moved to a house situated close to the sea at Carrer de la Ribera, 38, between Carrer Sant Pere and Carrer de Bonaire. Emerencià Roig graduated with a degree in pharmacy from the University of Barcelona in 1906 but, after eleven years, had to retire because of asthma. He devoted his life to studying the Catalan maritime heritage and the 19th-century Catalan navy, carrying out a lot of research with seafarers and trying to gather as much information as possible on what sailing was like before the impact caused by the invention of the steam engine.

His research work led to a series of publications that are still of great interest, despite the fact that they were published so long ago: particularly worthy of note are, La Pesca a Catalunya [Fishing in Catalonia] (1926) and La Marina catalana del vuitcents [The Catalan navy during the 19th century] (1929). In collaboration with Joan Amades, he published the Vocabulari de l’art de la navegació i de la pesca [Vocabulary of the arts of navigation and fishing] (1924) and the Vocabulari de la pesca [Fishing vocabulary] (1926). He contributed to the creation of the General Dictionary of the Catalan Language with lists of words related to seamanship, and was Father Antoni Maria Alcover's collaborator number 1585 in the composition of the Diccionari Català-Valencià-Balear [Catalan-Valencian-Balearic Dictionary]. In 1923, he was awarded a prize by the Institut d’Estudis Catalans [Institute for Catalan Studies] for being the author of the best maritime vocabulary. A year before he died he published the work, Sitges dels nostres avis [Sitges of our elders] (1934). He died on 16 February 1935 at the age of 53.


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