[Set of landscapes after Claude Lorrain's 'Liber Veritatis'.]
Published May 1st 1775 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside.
20 plates numbered sequentially 81-100 (lower left), etched outline states before mezzotinting, from 'Liber Veritatis or a collection of two hundred prints after the original designs of Claude Le Lorrain ... executed by R. Earlom'. Disbound and lacking binding, on watermarked laid paper, stitching holes to left margins. Generally fine impressions, with full margins. Crease through lower right corner of final plate.
A magnificent set of these decorative pastoral, and occasionally marine and urban, landscapes after Claude Lorrain (1600 - 1682). The first plate shows figures and cattle crossing a stream, a capriccio of Tivoli beyond; the final composition portrays the Death of Procris, a man and dog standing over a woman who lies on the ground beneath a tree in the foreground with an arrow in her chest. Richard Earlom (British, 1743 - 1822) made a set of prints after Claude's "Book of Truth" (drawings from his own paintings) while it was in the collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth; they were bound into an album together with a frontispiece portrait of Claude and five unrelated drawings, bringing the total number of drawings by Claude contained in it to 200. The Earlom set was engraved between 1774 and 1777, published by Boydell in two volumes in 1777, each containing 100 prints, numbered 1-200. A third volume of 100 prints was published by Boydell in 1819, which was numbered separately, 1-100, and contained Earlom's prints after other drawings by Claude in various collections.
See BL 001385544. BM 1872,1012.4663.
[Ref: 20226] £1,450.00