- Museum number
View between Tivoli and Subiaco; two figures sitting by a tree-lined road which slopes towards the right. c.1642
Pen and brown ink, brown wash
Verso: Landscape with trees and a hill
Pen, brown ink
- Production date
- 1642 (circa)
Height: 214 millimetres
Width: 313 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Claude's inscription at the lower margin identifies this study as having been drawn on the road between Tivoli and Subiaco. The inclusion of two figures resting against the trees, one of them drawing, gives the scene an element of repose, and in a way inserts Claude as a draftsman into the scene. The sheet derives from the so-called Campagna Book (on which see Oo,7.148), and like other sheets from this album it is signed ‘Claudio fecit’ and the year of creation – 1642. This powerful drawing is notable for the rich plays of light and shade and the sensitive handling of the penlines for the foliage, and the corresponding immediacy of the scene. On the verso of the sheet, Claude made a rapid pen sketch of a view across a valley to a distant mountain, with densely forested foothills.
Lit.: A.M. Hind, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Claude Lorrain preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings', London, 1926, no. 35, p. 4; M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain: The drawings catalog', 2 vols, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1968, no .483, p.203; J.J.L. Whiteley, in exhib. cat., Oxford, Ashmolean and London, BM, 'Claude Lorrain, Drawings from the Collections of the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum', 1998, no.59, pp.114-115; R. Rand, in exhib. cat., San Francisco, Legion of Honor and Williamstown (MA), Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain - The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum', 2007, pp. 52-55, figs.21-22; C. van Tuyll & M. Plomp, exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, ‘Claude Gellée, dit le Lorrain. Le dessinateur face à la nature’, 2011–12, p. 15; D. Klemm 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. 35, pp. 128-129
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 Jun-Sep, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 59
1998/9 Sep-Jan, BM, 'Claude Lorrain', no. 59
2006/7 Oct-Jan, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 Feb-April, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain:...', fig. 21
2007 May-Aug, Washington, Nat Gall of Art, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2017-2018 13 Oct-14 Jan, Hamburg: Das Licht der Campagna. Die Zeichnungen Claude Lorrains im British Museum, London
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