book of prints;
- Museum number
"Liber Veritatis. Or, A Collection of Two Hundred Prints, after the Original Designs of Claude Lorrain, in the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, executed by Richard Earlom, in the Manner and Taste of the Drawings. To which is added a Descriptive Catalogue of Each Print. Together with the Names of those for whom, and of the Places for which the Original Pictures were first painted, (Taken from the Hand-writing of Claude Le Lorrain himself on the Back of each Drawing) and of the present Possessors of many of the Original Pictures. Volume the First." (London, John Boydell) 1777; containing 100 plates, numbered 1 to 100, by Earlom after Claude, together with mezzotint portrait frontispiece showing Claude in an oval by Josiah Boydell. With letterpress titlepage, dedication to the Duke of Devonshire, life of Claude, note on the transcriptions of Claude's manuscript notes, and catalogue of the contents. The first of two volumes, bound in leather boards with marbled paper.
Mezzotints with etching and engraving, printed in sepia
- Production date
Height: 177 millimetres
Height: 408 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres (approx. sheet size of each page)
Width: 125 millimetres (platemark of the frontispiece portrait)
- Curator's comments
- One of two volumes, the second volume kept at 161.d.17 (1857,0613.985).
For plates 1 to 78 of the third volume (published as a whole in 1819), see L.64.1-78 (kept at 161.b.20).
For comment on Earlom's "Liber Veritatis" prints, see 1872,1012.4663.
For an introduction to Claude's "Liber Veritatis", see Michael Kitson, "Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis" (British Museum, 1978).
Related drawings by Claude are kept elsewhere in the collection, as are loose impressions of the prints
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Liber Veritatis
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Previous owner's inscription on fly-leaf: "M Lucan / given to me by / Ld Lucan"
- Prints and Drawings
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