Claude Lorrain

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Claude Lorrain
Reclining Cow
ca. 1650
Pen and brown ink over graphite.
3 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches (78 x 106 mm)
Thaw Collection.

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When the dealer Hans Calmann acquired Claude's Animal Album at sale in 1957, it had purportedly been kept intact in the Odescalchi family in Rome since at least the eighteenth century. Calmann dismantled the album and sold the 64 sheets individually. This study of a cow was no. 41 in the album. Dealer Eugene Thaw acquired it, and several other sheets from the album, near the start of his long career as a collector of old master drawings, at a time when modest purchases were still a stretch. Roethlisberger suggested the confident penwork may indicate a later date than most of the sheets in the album, which were executed ca. 1635-45.

Prince Don Livio Odescalchi (1652-1713), Rome (in an album listed in his 1713 inventory as “Sei Quinternetti di carta legati assieme con sessanta due disegni rappresentanti Animali, e Painte de Claudio Gelle Lorenese”); by descent to Donato Sanminiatelli (1929-1979) and Maria Odescalchi (b. 1930), Rome; sale, Sotheby's, London, 20 November 1957, lot 67; the album acquired and dismembered by Hans M. Calmann (1899-1981), London; Galerie Claude Aubry, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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Odescalchi family, former owner.
Calmann, Hans M., 1899-1982, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, no. 238, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 16, repr.
Roethlisberger, Marcel, Claude Lorrain. The Drawings, 1968, no. 227.

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