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Pastoral landscape, record of a painting (whereabouts unknown) in the Liber Veritatis; figure herding cattle across a river which passes into the foreground, wooded banks on either side
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
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Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 257 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This pastoral landscape is a pastiche of the motifs that Claude favoured in the 1640s including dense trees around an enclosed body of water, rural buildings and cattle, the latter of which he made studies in his Animal Album (for which see 1895,0915.916). The painting that it records was produced for the French surgeon Nicolas Larche who may have also commissioned LV 30 (for which see 1957,1215.36) from Claude. The painting (canvas, 38 x 500.5cm) was last sold at Sotheby’s London on 5 July 2017, lot 63 (this information provided by Christian Klemm in June 2021 in advance of his forthcoming revision of the catalogue raisonee of Claude Lorrain’s paintings).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV102, pp. 264–265; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 607; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 102; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 167
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
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- 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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