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Harbour scene, record of a painting in the collection of the Marquis of Bute, from the Liber Veritatis; groups of figures including men moving planks, in the foreground, ships moored near the water's edge
Pen and brown ink and brown wash
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Height: 193 millimetres
Width: 262 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This schematic drawing is among seven or eight sheets in the Liber that record paintings Claude produced for Angelo Giorio, chamberlain of Pope Urban, between 1638 and 1643. The composition is essentially an adaptation in reverse of the harbour Scene of LV5, but with the incorporation of certain details from architectural sites in Rome including the Arch of Titus, the pyramid of Cestius and the Temple of Cestius at Tivoli. After the dispersal of Giorio’s collection, the painting ultimately entered the collection of Lord Bute (for which see Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 79).
Marquis of Bute. Canvas, 75 x 97 cm; signed and dated on the fallen masonry at the right, ‘CLAVDIO ROMA 1638’, and dated also on the bale in the centre boat, ‘1638’, RP, fig. 78; MK in Arts Council exhibition catalogue, 1969, No. 13; R-C, 91. The drawing corresponds to the painting exactly. The latter was probably commissioned to accompany a Pastoral Landscape (RP, fig. 79; MK, op. cit., No. 8; R-C, 80), two or three years earlier in date and not recorded in the Liber Veritatis. The two paintings are not quite the same size and their compositions do not entirely complement one another, but Claude harmonized them through their colours and lighting. They have been together as a pair in the Bute Collection at least since 1800.
Engravings: Earlom, 31, Carraciolo 32.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 192; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV31, pp. 153–54; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 31
- 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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