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Pastoral landscape, record of the painting in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground figures, including herdsmen with animals passing a portico, latter with a figure sculpture standing in a niche, beyond at right a river
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with grey-brown wash
- Production date
Height: 195 millimetres
Width: 261 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
The painting that this drawing records was made for an English patron and is now in the the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa (inv. no. 4422; Roethlisberger 1961, fig. 151). It may have formed a pendant with the contemporary Landscape with Narcissus and Echo that is of the same dimensions (see inv. no. 1957,1214.83). Unlike this supposed pendant, it does not have a literary subject but places a scene of countrylife alongside the ruins of an idealised Temple of Bacchus. The present drawing is an accurate record after the completed painting.
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV78, pp. 224–25; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 550; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 78.
- 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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