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Landscape with David at the cave of Adullam (Second Book of Samuel, XXIII, 13-17), record of painting in the National Gallery, London (NG 6471) from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground at right David and other figures standing in front of the cave, beyond at left Bethlehem, and tents of the Philistines. 1658
Pen and brown ink and grey-brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
- Production date
Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Kitson, Liber Veritatis:
London, National Gallery, No. 6. Canvas, 112 x 185 cm; signed and dated ‘CLAVDIO Gillee/IVF. ROM…1658’. M. Davies, National Gallery Catalogues: French School, 2nd ed., 1957, p. 35, No. 6; RP, fig. 254; MK in Arts Council exhibition catalogue, 1969, No. 30; R-C, 215. As the painting is significantly wider in proportion to its height than the Liber Veritatis drawing, the composition of the latter is much compressed; thus the hill at the right is so squashed that its edge appears nearly vertical, instead of sloping at about 70 degrees. On the other hand, the central clump of trees is spread out more than in the painting and more completely dominates the composition. At the same time, the figures, in which this painting is particularly rich, are not very clearly defined, those in the foreground being partly obscured by white body-colour, while those in the background, which are mostly tiny, are in many cases omitted. Otherwise the drawing is a faithful record of the painting.
A finished drawing of the principal figures at the right in the Norton Simon album (RD, 810) was probably executed after the painting, i.e. it is not a preparatory study nor a copy from the Liber Veritatis drawing.
Earlom, 145; Caracciolo, 145.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2000/1 Dec-April, London, Tate Britain, 'Pure as Italian Air...'
- Acquisition date
- 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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