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Coast scene, record of painting in Los Angeles from the Liber Veritatis; view looking out to sea, with figures on shore in foreground, including group loading a boat at r, portico at l, and beyond a sailing ship at l, and boats alongside cliff at r, in background tower at centre
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over black chalk
Verso: Slight sketches of architectural motives
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and white bodycolour
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Height: 201 millimetres
Width: 266 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This coastal scene corresponds to the painting by Claude that was in a private collection in Los Angeles when Roethlisberger compiled his catalogue raisonée in 1961. Both the painting and the drawing can be dated to the early 1630s on account of the composition’s relative simplicity and Claude’s restrained use of wash in the drawing. The verso features architectural studies related to the portico at the composition’s left.
This sheet and the following four in the volume were loose sheets inserted to the beginning of the bound Album.
Claude did not note the intended owner of the painting on the verso of this drawing, but the inscription ‘faict pour/Paris’ that was obscured by the slip of paper inscribed ‘1678 Roma IVF/ Claudio Gellee/AA moy’ indicates that this was its eventual destination.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, No. 76; M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV2, pp.98–100; M.Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, No. 2.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
1994 Jan-Apr, London, National Gallery, 'Claude Lorrain' (no cat.)
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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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