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Pastoral landscape with the Arch of Titus, record of painting in the Earl of Radnor's collection, Longford Castle from the Liber Veritatis; in foreground figures and animals on shore, beyond Arch at r, and in background the Colosseum, the Ponte Nomentano and a Roman aqueduct
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on blue paper
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 266 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1957,1214.6 for information on the Liber Veritatis.
This idealised landscape features a depiction of the Arch of Titus and a Roman aqueduct that Claude knew from his study of ancient Roman ruins. The incorporation of these details in order to idealise the landscape was a technique that Claude frequently used, with another example being LV79 that inlcues a view of the Temple of Sibyl (for which see 1957,1214.85). The present drawing is an accurate copy after the painting that Claude made in 1644 and which was last recorded in the collection of the Earl of Radnor (Roethlisberger 1961, fig.158).
Lit: M. Roethlisberger, Claude Lorrain, The Paintings, London 1961, LV82, pp. 232–235; M. Roethlisberger, ‘Claude Lorrain. The Drawings’, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1968, no. 560; M. Kitson, ‘Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis’, London 1978, no. 82; J. Rauser in exhib. cat. (ed. by A. Stolzenburg & D. Klemm), Hamburg, Kunsthalle, ‘Das Licht der Campagna. Die Zeichnungen Claude Lorrains im British Museum’, 2017–18, no. 69, pp.202-203
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- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis
2017-2018 13 Oct-14 Jan, Hamburg: Das Licht der Campagna. Die Zeichnungen Claude Lorrains im British Museum, London
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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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