British School (18th early 19th c.) – Portrait of Claude Lorrain  


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Oil painting on thick card with indistinct pencil inscriptions on the back. The painting is housed in its original Ormolu frame.

Card: 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (8.2 x 7.2 cm)
Frame: 4 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (11 x 9.5 cm.)


A portrait of Claude Lorrain (facing right) was drawn by the artist Sandrart, who saw Claude between 1628 and 1635 in Rome. The portrait was engraved and published in 1675 by Collin, in Sandrart’s Teutsche Academie, Vol.I, Part II. Our portrait (facing left) closely resembles a later engraved portrait “after Sandrart” by Josiah Boydell. The mezzotint was used as the frontispiece to the Earlom Boydell edition of the Liber Veritatis; published from 1774 – 1777.

Claude exerted considerable influence on landscape artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. The English painter Turner was especially indebted to Claude and tried to outdo his grand compositions. Claude was highly regarded by the British public through his drawings and paintings of the Italian landscape. This portrait miniature is likely to have been painted by one of his many admirers when his popularity was at its peak.

Please note that the print of Claude after Sandrart is not included in the sale.


Unidentified / Unknown Artist