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Sunday, 20 November 2022

Claude Lorrain’s etching, “Harbour Scene with Lighthouse”, c1638–41



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

“Harbour Scene with Lighthouse” (aka “Le Port de Mer au Fanal”), c1638/39–41. This impression is from McCreery’s 1816 edition of “200 Etchings” printed from the original plate.

Etching on wove paper, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and with a section of an engraving from the 1784 Paris edition of “Stirpes Novae” (documented as a feature of the state v impressions; see Mannocci [1988] p. 28).

Size: (sheet) 14 x 19.8 cm; (image borderline) 13.5 x 19.5 cm.

State v (of v)

Mannocci 37 (Lino Mannocci 1988, “The Etchings of Claude Lorrain”, New Haven, Yale University Press, pp. 224–229, cat. no. 39, fifth state); Blum 13; Robert-Dumesnil 11; Duplessis 11; Russell 22.

Regarding the subject portrayed in this print, H Dianne Russell in “Claude Lorrain 1600–1682 (1982, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Exh. cat.) offers the following insights: “…it seems that the etching was not made for reproductive purposes but as a variant of the painting, the artist desiring to explore light effect in the etching. …one of his best-known and most admired etching.” (p. 340).

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_M-12-31.

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline in an excellent/near pristine condition with no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling. Note that the verso shows a section of an engraving from the 1784 Paris edition of “Stirpes Novae” (documented as a feature of the state v impressions).

I am selling this radiant and light-filled etching by the one of the most famous artists of the 17th century, for the total cost of AU$398 (currently US$256.63/EUR257.40/GBP223.29 at the time of this listing) including 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 impression of a very beautiful etching with the verso showing a fragment of an engraving from the 1784 Paris edition of “Stirpes Novae” (as discussed by Mannocci [1988] p. 28 and by H Diane Russell [1982] in “Claude Lorrain 1600–1682”, p. 300), please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.









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