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Seaport, record of a painting in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, from the Liber Veritatis; large palaces to right, figures standing on the quay
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 267 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The delicate lines and subtle graduations of wash make this drawing stand out in Claude’s 'Liber Veritatis'. It corresponds to the painting now in the Uffizi (for which see Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 75) and which was commissioned by a Cardinale de’ Medici (though it is not clear which one). Cleaning of the painting revealed that the date reads 1637 but the position of the drawing in the 'Liber' suggests it may not have been sent to Florence until the following year. It is the first drawing in the 'Liber' that Claude inscribed in Italian, hitherto they are all in French. Though the composition is a reworking of LV14 (BM inv. no. 1957,1214.20), and in this respect is comparable to LV26 (BM inv. no. 1957,1214.32), Claude also included details tailored to the Medici patron. These include the palace in the middle distance at the right which alludes to the garden of the Villa Medici and the inclusion of a shield with Medici ‘palle’ at the far right of the composition.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 185; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain, The Paintings’, London 1961, LV28, pp. 132–33; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 28
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2000/1 Dec-Apr, London, Tate Britain, 'Pure as Italian Air...'
2002/3 Dec-Mar, Nancy, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 'Turner et le Lorrian'
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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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