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Coast scene with Ezekiel mourning over the destruction of Tyre (?), record of a painting in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland, Mertoun, from the Liber Veritatis; a figure in the centre foreground moving towards a temple partly visible at l, a ship behind, cattle and goats on shore below at r, a rocky cliff with trees beyond
Pen and brown ink, with grey wash, heightened with white
- Production date
Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 256 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
Like many of the coastal scenes that Claude depicted across his career, this scene features architectural ruins, small figures in the foreground and a remote low-lying horizon illuminated by a setting sun. In this repsect, its composition is akin to LV120, 132 and other more simplified versions such as LV165 and 168. The development of the scene can be observed in one large study for the right half of the painting that is also in the BM (see inv. no. Oo,7.233; Roethlisberger 1968, no. 970). Another drawing, inserted at the end of the Liber Veritatis as no. 200 (inv. no. 1957,1214.206) is heavily worked up but was clearly intended as another preliminary study for the painting. Both this latter drawing and the present sheet bear the inscription that identifies the patron of the work as Monseigneur de Bourlemont and therefore that the painting formed a pendant to LV161 (see inv. no. 1957,1214.167). Bourlemeont was presumably also behind the selection of the subject which has been variously proposed as Demosthenes, Ezekiel mourning over the destruction of Tyre (as it is named here) or an episode from the story of Jonah such as Jonah embarking for Tarshish or Jonah walking on the beach after ebing released from the belly of the whale. The painting was last recorded in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland in Mertoun (canvas, 114.5 x 159 cm; see Roethlisberger 1986, no. 244)
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV171, pp. 403–405; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 971; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 171; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Tout l’ouevre peint de Claude Lorrain’, Paris, 1986, no. 244; J. Rauser in exhib. cat. (ed. by A. Stolzenburg & D. Klemm), Hamburg, Kunsthalle, ‘Das Licht der Campagna. Die Zeichnungen Claude Lorrains im British Museum’, 2017–18, no. 76, pp.218-219
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2017 - 2018 13 Oct-14 Jan, Hamburg: Das Licht der Campagna. Die Zeichnungen Claude Lorrains im British Museum, London
- 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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