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Landscape with St John the Baptist, record of a painting (whereabouts unknown), in the Liber Veritatis; the saint reclining beneath a tree near the foreground, a river or lake with wooded banks beyond
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
- Production date
- 1645 (circa)
Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The current whereabouts of the painting that this drawing records is unknown. From the relative lack of details and quite enclosed composition, it might be assumed that the painting was of small or medium dimensions. The patron can be identified as Hubert Gamarre, an officier of the French hunt and owner of at least one painting by Poussin. As noted by Christian Klemm in communication in June 2021 in advance of his forthcoming catalogue raisonne of Claude’s paintings, the subject recurs in a series of 6 drawings by Claude from c. 1660 (for which see Roethlisberger 1968, nos. 777-780
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV33, pp. 258–260; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 602; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 97; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l'œuvre peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 162
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Accepted by H M Government in lieu of tax on the estate of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.
See M. Kitson's 'Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis', pp. 28-9, for a full account of the provenance of the sketch-book.
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