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Thursday 31 December 2020

Claude Lorrain’s etching, “Harbour with Large Tower”, 1641

Claude Lorrain (aka Claude Gellée; Claude Le Lorrain; Claudio di Lorena) (1600–1682)

“Harbour with Large Tower” (aka “Le port de mer a la grosse tour”), c1641, related to a preparatory drawing in the Uffizi Gallery (Florence) and a lost painting. This impression was published in the 1816 McCreedy folio of “200 etchings” showcasing late impressions of old master prints taken from the original plates.

Etching on fine wove paper with a narrow margin around the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 13.5 x 20 cm; (plate) 13 x 19.4 cm; (image borderline) 12.6 x 19.1 cm.

State vi (of vi)

Mannocci 16; Blum 16; Robert-Dumesnil 13; Knab 139; Duplessis 13; Russell 29

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Harbour with a large tower; five sailors in the foreground. c.1641 Etching”


Condition: a strong and near faultless impression with narrow margins in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this marvellously strong and luminous original etching by Lorrain, for a total cost of AU$383 (currently US$296.04/EUR241.25/GBP216.67 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this superb etching by Lorrain showing his hallmark use of “contre-jour”—the arrangement of portrayed features so that they are in front of and partly obscure the sun—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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