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Harbour scene, record of a painting in an English private collection, another version in the collection of HM the Queen, from the Liber Veritatis; figures in the foreground, two in a boat, a Roman Arch at r, ships on the water and a tower fortification towards the left
Pen and grey-brown ink and wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
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Height: 190 millimetres
Width: 259 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
In this drawing, Claude deployed white heightening to spectacular effect, with the rays of light extended the distance of the horizon. The composition is delicately drawn in pen with minimal application of wash. It includes an accurate depiction of the Roman Arch of the Silversmiths albeit in reverse, which suggests the Claude copied the structure from an engraving.
The inscription on the verso reveals that painting this drawing records was acquired by the Parisian councillor, Perochet. It may have formed a pendant with LV16 (see BM, 1957,1214.22) as the inscription on the back of this drawing notes the same collector. The painting was recorded by Kitson as being in an English private collection in 1978 (see Kitson 1978, no. 19, p. 63) and corresponds to the drawing with the exception of an additional large man asleep in the foreground. Another version of this painting is in the Royal Collection and is dated ‘1643’ in the bale carried by the man at the centre right (Roethlisberger, 1961, no. 76). The composition is close to that of the drawing and the earlier painting but differs in multiple aspects both in details and in colouring. This second version was no doubt executed from the Liber Veritatis drawing, as the earlier one would have long since left Claude’s studio for Paris (it is presumably a coincidence that they are identical in size) and can be regarded as a variant of it.
Earlom, 19; Caracciolo, 20.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 156; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV19, p. 124; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 19
- 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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