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A town in the Campagna; enclosed by a wall and towers, including a tower with a spire at centre, a figure wearing a cloak near the foreground, hills in the distance. c.1640
Pen and brown ink, brown wash
- Production date
- 1640 (circa)
Height: 192 millimetres
Width: 266 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Marcel Roethlisberger pointed that Claude did not as a rule draw and paint sites with towns or buildings, expect for ancient ruins and some modern views of Rome. Famous towns and sites in the Campagna, such as Rieti, Montecassino and Fossanova, hardly one appears in Claude's drawings.This one is untypical, because this view is still yet unidentified. Beside this peculiar town surrounded by extensive walls towers.
Similar towns recur in the background of few paintings dated c.1640, one in the Barnes Foundation, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania and the other one in the Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio (see M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain: The paintings catalog', 2 vols, New Haven, 1961, I, no. LV 87, pp. 242-243, II, fig. 166 and no. LV 55, pp. 195-196, II, fig. 123 respectively)
Lit.: A.M. Hind, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Claude Lorrain preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings', London, 1926, no. 98, p. 9; M. Roethlisberger, 'Claude Lorrain: The drawings catalog', 2 vols, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1968, no. 428, p.188
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006/7 Oct-Jan, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 Feb-April, Williamstown, Clark Art Institute, 'Claude Lorrain:...'
2007 May-Aug, Washington, National Gallery 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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