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Pastoral landscape, not part of the Liber Veritatis proper but added to it after Claude's death; three figures beneath a tree near the foreground, a boat on a river at l, a path leading towards circular buildings in the mid-distance at r
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash; squared for transfer
Verso: Part of a sketch, possibly of a fist (?)
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 274 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This landscape develops from that of the Landscape with Nymph and Satyr Dancing and proably dates to the mid 1640s. It is among those sheets that were added to the end of the Liber Veritatis as it does not correspond to any painting by Claude (for comment see 1957,1214.202). However, the fact that it is squared indicates that it was made as a preparatory drawing. It might eb related to preparatory studies for the Landscape with the Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca (see 1957,1214.119). It continues in Claude’s characteristic manner of leading the eye back through the composition through a series of diagonal lines.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV199, pp. 455–457; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 644; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 199; R. Rand, Claude Lorrain: The Painter as Draftsman, exh. cat., 2006, fig. 82, pp. 132–33
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2006/7 Oct-Jan, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 Feb-April, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 May-Aug, Washington, Nat Gall of Art, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
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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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