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Pastoral landscape, record of a painting in Kansas City (Missouri), William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, from the Liber Veritatis; two figures seated on a rock in the centre foreground, goats nearby, two boats on a river with trees on the left bank, buildings and cliffs towards the right
Pen and brown ink, with brown and grey wash
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Height: 194 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Pastoral landscapes were prevalent across Claude’s career, and this is one prime example of the more relaxed rural scenes that Claude made circa 1650. It incorporates the leitmotifs of the cattle and foats, the framing trees and the couple seated by the water’s edge, a preparatory study for which is also in the BM (see Oo,7.141; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 692). It can be compared with scenes such as LV105, 110 and 121. It can also be compared with earlier works such as 22, 23 and 85 in the general format and character. The painting that the drawing records is in the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri (canvas, 47 x 64.5 cm; see Roethsliberger 1986, no. 191).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV123, pp. 302–4; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 693; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 123; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’oevure peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 191
- 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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