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Pastoral landscape, record of painting (whereabouts unknown) from the Liber Veritatis; animals in foreground, figure and three donkeys crossing bridge beyond at l
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with grey-brown wash
Verso: Figures grouped round a chest and others in rowing boats
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
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Height: 192 millimetres
Width: 256 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This drawing is a simplified version of the composition of Liber Veritatis 3 (for which see 1957,1214.9) with the exception of the bandits in the centre of the composition. The painting that this drawing records is unknown but the Liber’s inventory indicates that it was made in 1636 for a client in Paris.
The verso features various groupings of figures in a maritime context. These correspond in size and form to those in the lower right of Claude’s Seaport of 1637 now in the Uffizi (for which see LV 28, 1957,1214.34). They were almost certainly copied after this later painting, perhaps in order to ‘prove’ their authenticity, though it is not clear why Claude would have used an earlier page in the Liber to do this. In any case, the figures recur a few other iterations in the Liber: namely LV 10, 1957,1214.17; LV 5, 1957,1214.11; LV 14, 1957,1214.21; LV 43, 1957,1214.50.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 114; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV7, p. 108; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 7; M. Kitson & M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain and the Liber Veritatis’, The Burlington Magazine, 1959, Vol. 101, no. 678, p. 25
- 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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