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Coast scene with the landing of Aeneas, record of a painting in Longford Castle, collection of the Earl of Radnor, from the Liber Veritatis; two figures pulling in a boat near the foreground, the Trojan prince and other figures in a boat beyond, two ships on the sea at l, a tree and temple ruins on a rocky shore at r
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
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Height: 198 millimetres
Width: 258 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
That this scene derives from the Aeneid can be discerned from the appearance of the ships to the left and the figures in the small ships in the midground. It is comparable with other classical scenes that Claude depicted during the 1640s in which he did not directly depend on a classical text for details, but rather developed from one. The composition is rather open in its conception. It is for the most part free of the framing architecture that defines Claude’s earlier harbour scenes and instead anticipates more coastal scenes such as LV130 and LV168. In this respect, the composition places greater emphasis on the effecs of light in the horizon. The contrast between the midground of the blue paper and the ink and white heightening make this particularly effective, as it is similarly effective in the completed painting. Said painting was made for a Parisian client in 1650, and was last recorded in the collection of the Earl of Radnor at Langford Castle (canvas, 102 x 137 cm; see Roethlisberger 1986, no. 190). Two preliminary drawings show that Claude placed his emphasis on the play of light, one in the British Museum (see inv. no. Oo,7.160; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 689), another in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (inv. no. 937; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 690).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV122, pp. 300¬–2; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 691; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 122; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 190; R. Rand, in exhib. cat., San Francisco, Legion of Honor and Williamstown (MA), Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain - The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum', 2007, fig. 130, p. 191.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2000/1 Dec-April, London, Tate Britain, 'Pure as Italian Air...'
2006/7 Oct-Jan, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 Feb-April, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
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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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