Richard Earlom after Claude Lorrain - 1774 Mezzotint, Sportsmen Halting
DescriptionA fine and striking etching and mezzotint printed in brown ink on watermarked laid paper. Engraved by Richard Earlom (1743-1822) after the original drawing by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682). This print is number 40 of 200. Earlom was commissioned by John Boydell to copy all 200 drawings of Claude Lorraine's record of his paintings as prints, which were published from 1774 to 1777, when a collected edition in two volumes was published as 'Liber Veritatis'. Engraver and artist inscribed within plate lines.
The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and minor surface marks. There are some very small puncture holes to the upper margin. There is discolouration and marks from previous mount.
18 x 25.1cm (7.1" x 9.9")Sheet: 28.1 x 33.2cm (11.1" x 13.1") Plate: 20.3 x 25.8cm (8" x 10.2")
Earlom was commissioned by John Boydell to copy all 200 drawings of Claude Lorraine's record of his paintings as prints, which were published from 1774 to 1777, when a collected edition in two volumes was published as Liber Veritatis. Or, A Collection of Two Hundred Prints, After the Original Designs of Claude le Lorrain, in the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, Executed by Richard Earlom, in the Manner and Taste of the Drawings.... with the inscription on the reverses, a "descriptive catalogue of each print" and the current owner, where it was known. A further volume of 100 prints after other Claude drawings from various British collections was added in 1819, also using "Liber Veritas" as its title. The title Liber Veritatis was invented for these reproductions, but is now used for the originals as well. These were then in a rebound book at Devonshire House in London; they are now in the British Museum.
|Artist||Richard Earlom after Claude Lorrain|
|Dimensions||18 x 25.1cm|
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