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Four studies of Goats, deriving from the Animal Album, Black chalk
- Production date
- 1625-1682 (c.)
Height: 101 millimetres
Width: 152 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This delicate study of four goats is among the sheets that derive from Claude's Animal Album. As the name suggests, this album comprised studies of varius livestock, especially ov but also several moer sheets of goats that in turn recur within Claude's painted oeuvre.
The album compiled by Edmund Schilling for his wife Rosi contained another small drawing by Claude from the Odescalchi and Calmann collections, of two pack animals, which was removed from the album before it arrived at the BM and sold at Christie's in 1997, see Schilling, 1982, p. 147, no.13.
Lit.: R. Schilling (ed.), 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p. 145, 'Das kleine Album', no. 12; M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain: The Drawings', Los Angeles, 1986, No. 255
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- Acquisition notes
- In 1997, the Museum acquired on the death of Mrs Rosi Schilling the majority of a collection of mostly northern Old Master drawings assembled by her late husband the curator and later drawings dealer and adviser, Edmund Schilling (1888-1974). Schilling was born in Germany and came to Britain in 1937 after the rise of the Nazis. He was prominent as a specialist in German Old Master drawings and his widow’s bequest in his memory was predominantly made up of studies that he had collected in this field. Given its importance, the Museum accepted the bequest for public benefit in good faith, and has afterwards researched its history, insofar as it has been able. There remain however many works in the bequest with uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45 and the Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of these works during that era.
From an album, formerly in the collection of the Odescalchi family and purchased by Calmann in 1957, containing 64 small studies by Claude in different techniques and mostly of animals. The drawing was acquired by Edmund Schilling for a small album (no. 12) that he compiled for his wife, Rosi Schilling (see for further details 1997,0713.1; for the original album, see 159.b.28).
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