Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain

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Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain
A Classical Landscape
Black chalk heightened with white chalk on light brown paper.
10 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches (226 x 337 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.

An engraver and draftsman of French Huguenot descent, Chatelain was one of the most accomplished landscape engravers working in mid-eighteenth century London. He published a drawing manual, A New Book of Landskips (1737), and provided etchings for such projects as 44 Italian Landscapes (1741-3), The London Hospital (1753), and Six Views in the North of England (1754). His landscape drawings, several of which are in the British Museum, are in the tradition of Claude Lorrain. A sheet of similar size and executed in the same media as this drawing was with Agnew's in 2001 (128th Annual Exhibition, no. 1). The two drawings may have been created as a pair or part of a series.

Wyndham Payne, The Hermitage, Sidmouth, Devon (1958); sale, Bath (U.K.), Bonham's, 30 January 2006, lot 105 [not repr.]; from which acquired by W/S Fine Art Ltd., London.
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Payne, Wyndham, former owner.