Study of Trees, with Two Figures

Claude Lorrain(e), 1640 possibly

WAG 6176

About this object

A study made in the countryside around Rome, but elaborated on with the addition of two figures, typical of the classically dressed soliders who feature in many of Claude's paintings of classical and mythological landscapes. Though the people who inhabit Claude's painted and drawn landscapes are small they always play a significant part in setting the composition's mood; here, one of the soldiers holds a lance and gestures out towards the rolling hills beyond.

We know from Claude's companions that while on walks through the Roman countryside he made frequent sketches from nature, many of which are now considered his finest drawings. Here he has used the brown wash over a pen sketch, to recreate the filtered shadows of an Italian afternoon. The pictorial quality of the drawing was deliberately emphasised by Claude's use of blue paper, which has now faded, as it is especially sensitive to light.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Claude Lorrain(e) (French, born:in 1604 or 1605, died:23 November 1682)
  • Date
    1640 possibly
  • Materials
    Coarse blue paper; Pen; Ink; Brown Wash
  • Measurements
    paper: 24 cm x 17.3 cm
  • Physical description
    Portrait-format study of trees with two figures underneath and hills in the distance. Drawn on pale blue paper. The massed foliage of the trees take up most of the paper surface.
  • Related people
    John Barnard (Previous owner); Bree (Previous owner); Colnaghi (Previous owner); Elizabeth Norman (Previous owner); Emilius Ralph Norman (Previous owner); Claude Lorrain(e) (Artist/maker); Louisa Julia Manners (Previous owner); Jonathan Richardson (Previous owner); William Roscoe (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6176
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund in 1963.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Colnaghi

    Owned from: 1963-05-21
    How acquired: Purchased at Sotheby's, London auction 21 May 1963 lot 69
    Owned until: 1963-06
    Disposal method: Sold to Walker Art Gallery June 1963
  • Elizabeth Norman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Probably by descent from Emilius Ralph Norman
    Owned until: 1963-05-21
    Disposal method: Sold at Sotheby's, London on 21 May 1963, Lot 69
  • Emilius Ralph Norman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Probably acquired after 1878
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Louisa Julia Manners

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Acquired after 1816
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Bree

    Owned from: 1816
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Roscoe

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1816-09-26
    Disposal method: Sold at the Roscoe Sale, at Winstanley's Liverpool Lot 576 bought by Mr Bree for £1 14 shillings
  • John Barnard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1787
    Disposal method: Sold between 16 and 23 February 1787
  • Jonathan Richardson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1747
    Disposal method: Sold in 1747

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: artist's palette and brushes with a small letter R
    Inscription method: Stamped
    Inscription note: Jonathan Richardson Senior's collectors mark of artist's palette and brushes and a small letter R (Lugt 2183) found on front of drawing in the lower left corner.
    Inscription location: Lower left; Front
  • Inscription text: Claudio Lorenese
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Mount; Centre
  • Inscription text: J.B.
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note: Collector's mark of John Barnard [L1419]
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right; Mount
  • Inscription text: L. 10 / / Y
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note: Richardson's shelf mark
    Inscription location: Verso
  • Inscription text: J.B. / / N: 740 / / 9.5 by 6.75
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Verso
  • Inscription text: Purchased at Roscoe sale [???]
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note: Not clear where this inscription is found -- front or back? [check docket file]
    Inscription location: Lower left
  • Inscription text: 576
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note: Not clear where this inscription is found -- front or back? [Check docket file]
    Inscription location: Lower right
  • Inscription text: Collector's stamp of Jonathan Richardson Senior, in the form of palette and paint brushes, with R appearing on the palette
    Inscription method: Stamped
    Inscription note: L2183
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left; On plate
Object view = Fine Art
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