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Pastoral landscape, record of the painting (whereabouts unknown) from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground figures and animals on river bank, beyond at right a tower rising above trees
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
- Production date
Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 265 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The inscriptions on this drawing confirm that it records a painting that Claude made in 1641 for a Parisian patron. Yet no known painting corresponds exactly to this commission. It does relate to another painting by Claude last known to be in Castle Howard that Roethlisberger suggested may be recorded by the present drawing, albeit with more revisions that normal (for this painting see Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 124). The figural grouping compares with other paintings that Claude made in this period, such as LV 55. The composition also compares with others from this period such as LV 60, 83 and 85. Roethlisberger compared the composition to two contemporary pastoral landscape drawings, one in Chatsworth and the other formerly in the Wildenstein Album (for which see Roethlisberger 1968, nos. 463 & 464; now in the Norton Simon Museum). The central motif of the large tree might aso be compared with a nature drawing in the BM, for which see Oo,6.132.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV56, pp. 196–98; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 462; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 56.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
- 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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