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Pastoral landscape with the Arch of Titus, record of painting in the Grosvenor Estate from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground two figures at l, one playing a pipe, with their herds of sheep and cattle on shore of lake, beyond at right the Arch
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
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Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 260 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The ruins of ancient Rome had interested Claude across his career and the Arch of Titus is a recurrent motif. This landscape is a simplified repetition of how it appears in LV82 (for which see 1957,1214.88) which Claude had painted in 1644. This is a consequence of the fact that the painting that the present drawing records, in the Collection of the Dukes of Westminster, is smaller, even though it is also compressed in this drawing to account for the painting’s more elongated form (canvas, 65 x 98.5 cm; see Roethlisberger 1986, no. 223). On account of these factors, it is notable that the drawings of LV82 and 153 are closer to each other than to their respective paintings.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV153, pp. 359–60; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 196; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 33; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’ouevre peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 223; C. van Tuyll & M. Plomp, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, ‘Claude Gellée, dit le Lorrain. Le dessinateur face à la nature’, 2011–12, p.21
- 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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