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    Tree and dance; group of figures dancing (?) at the base of a large tree Black chalk, with grey wash; on buff paper

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  • Date

    • 1660-1665
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 385 millimetres
    • Width: 333 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The 1998 Exhibition label text: There is a related study in Windsor dated 1663. Both drawings were made for a composition on the theme of the country dancers who are just visible in this study. This was Claude's last variation on a theme which appears at intervals in his art for a period of over thirty years.


  • Bibliography

    • Hind 169 bibliographic details
    • Roethlisberger 901 bibliographic details
  • Location

    French Imp XVIIc

  • Exhibition history

    1998 Jun-Sep, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 89
    1998/9 Sep-Jan, BM, 'Claude Lorrain', no.89
    2006/7 Oct-Jan, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
    2007 Feb-April, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
    2007 May-Aug, Washington, Nat Gall of Art, 'Claude Lorrain:...'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 September 2006

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    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - I

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Tree and dance; group of figures dancing (?) at the base of a large tree
Black chalk, with grey wash; on buff paper



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