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Landscape with a picnic party, record of a painting (whereabouts unknown) from the Liber Veritatis; a bridge spanning a river near the foreground, figures sitting on the left bank beneath trees, further trees beyond r
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 259 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The painting to which this drawing corresponds is unknown though the inscription on the verso suggests that the patron was based in Paris. One likely possibility is the counseller, Perochel who also acquired LV19 from Claude, and subsequently commissioned LV 44 and 45 (see Kitson, no, 16, p. 62). A loosely related painting, evidently genuine, belongs to Felix Fostel, Lugano. Canvas, 98 x 131 cm; RP, fig. 380 (as a copy of a lost original); R-C, under 71 (as a variant of LV 16). However, while the middle distance and background are broadly the same as in the Liber Veritatis drawing, the figures and foreground are quite different. A man bidding farewell to a younger man and woman on the bridge indicates the same subject as LV 52, i.e. probably Rebecca accompanied by Eliezer setting out from home to marry Isaac. Such a subject would be unlikely in Claude’s work as early as c. 1637, the presumed date of LV 16, and a date for the painting in the 1640s is suggested by the style. There are, in addition, affinities in the composition with LV 87 of 1644.In fact, it has been suggested that the present drawing and the Harbour Scene of LV 19 (see BM, 1957,1214.22) were pendants.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 152; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV16, p. 124; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 16, p. 62
Earlom, 16; Caracciolo, 17.
- 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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