A View on the River Po in Italy.From the Original Picture by Claude le Lorrain In the Collection of the Right Honourable Lord Trevor [...]
Published Jan. 1.st 1769 by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside, London.
Engraving, sheet 475 x 640mm (18¾ x 25¼"). Small margins on 3 sides. Trimmed inside platemark top edge; good impression.
River landscape with figures loading boats, while chairs and cases nearby show that a picnic or concert has taken place, or is about to. From John Boydell's huge and influential series of engravings made from 'The Most Capital Paintings in England'. The source painting is here attributed to Claude Lorraine, although that attribution has been doubted by Marcel Röthlisberger: 'the incoherent distribution of the still-life motifs in the foreground - which may be due to the figure painter - is foreign to Claude; among the genre motifs, some, like the lute and the barrels, are frequent in his early work, others, like the pots with flowers and the chairs, never appear in Claude. (..) The picture may be by Claude, around 1629/31; or one of the numerous fakes of the 1630's of which Baldinucci speaks (...); or from the circle of Tassi, i.e. earlier than the above-mentioned works by Claude. It is unlikely that in 1638 Claude would imitate so closely a work of a predecessor. Until more is known about the circle of Tassi and the beginnings of Claude, the problem seems insoluble.'
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