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Landscape with an artist drawing and two men shooting a duck, record of a painting (whereabouts unknown), from the Liber Veritatis; a river flows into the foreground, a waterfall and bridge beyond, a town and hill in the distance
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white; on blue paper
- Production date
- 1637 (circa)
Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 262 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
In this drawing, Claude deployed his favoured framing device of heavy shrubbery that curves around the edge of the composition. This effects a strong contrast with the right hand of the composition, in which Claude used white heightening to pick out the city across the river. The figure of the draftsman immersed in nature occurs elsewhere in Claude’s drawings.
It is not known what painting this drawing corresponds to. In Roethlisberger 1961 it was erroneously linked to the sale of the Oppenheimer collection in 1936. This proposal arises from a confusion with a drawing in the Barber Institute, Birmingham, mentioned in RP, p. 145 in connection with the composition (the drawing is not by Claude anyway).
Earlom, 24; Caracciolo, 25.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 163; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV24; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 24 .
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
1978/9 Oct-Jan, Louvre, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 12
- 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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