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Landscape with dancing satyrs and nymphs, record of a painting in the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (P.1975-8) from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground figures dancing, beyond at left a figure in a boat on the lake
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
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Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 258 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Mythologising scenes are a relative rarity within the opus of Claude. This scene was therefore most likely intended to allude to a specific episode such as wedding between a satyr, such as Pan or Faunus, and a nymph. In composition it recalls the earlier Landscape with a Dancing Satyr (for which see 1957,1214.61). The inscription on the verso reveals that the original patron was a certain Philippe-Sylvestre Dufour (see Roethslisberger 1968, no. 630). The painting is now in the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (canvas, 95 x 129 cm; see Roethlisberger 1986, no. 173).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV108, pp. 272–273; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 630; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 108; M. Roethlisberger, 'Tout l'oeuvre peint de Claude Lorrain', Paris, 1986, no. 173; H. Kurita and M. Koshikawa, in exhib. cat., Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, 'French drawings from the British Museum: from Fontainebleau to Versailles', 2002, no. 41
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, 'Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis'
2002 April-June, Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Mus of Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum', no.41
2002 July-Sep, Tokyo, NM of Western Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum', no.41
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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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