Circle of Claude Lorrain

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Circle of Claude Lorrain
A Cluster of Buildings above a River
Brush and brown ink on paper.
7 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches (181 x 261 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Inscribed on verso, at upper right, "Claude Lor[rain]" and in a different hand, "Claude Lorrain".

Jacques Auguste Boussac (b. 1885), Paris (Lugt 729b): his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 10-11 May 1926, lot 66; Joseph F. McCrindle (1923-2008), New York.

Although this Italianate landscape has been associated with Claude Lorrain and his name is inscribed several times on the back of the mount, it is executed in a manner that had become common in Rome by the middle of the seventeenth century, especially among French and Northern artists. Executed entirely in brush and wash, without a preliminary outline in chalk, this sheet exhibits a loosely structured approach to space. Dark trees along a riverbank in the foreground frame a view to a complex of buildings, with no less than three round towers, on the opposite bank.

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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