Professor Marcel Rothlisberger, the leading authority on Claude Lorrain has said the paintings although definitely not by Claude, are absolutely ravishing, and among the most successful and sensitive imitations of Claude. He goes on to say that he has not seen the images before and that he is unaware of any drawing, painting or print by Claude which relates closely to these very creative imitations, he says they can only be 18th c, and most probably English (e.g. Wootton, Lambert, More, Smith of Chichester, Pond, aside from such well known men as Wilson or Wright. In the closing chapter Professor Rothlisberger affirms that his comments although said from photos, that most everybody else would unhesitatingly declare the two works to be Claude’s.
These two works are not copies after extant works by Claude and therefore cannot be termed as being ‘after’ Claude, although there are similarities in many of Claude’s compositions and details in his works. Perhaps the most striking example is the large rock in Claude’s Acis & Galatea, it is clear on comparing the rock in Claude’s Acis & Galatea with the example seen in our seaport that the two are almost identical. Coast view with Acis & Galatea (39 x 53 in.) was painted by Claude in 1657 and is now on display at Dresden Gemaldegalerie. The painting had not been to England before it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1949 neither had the painting been engraved before 1800.