Le Lorrain, Claude (illus). Mezzotint engraving by R. Earlom.
London. John Boydell. 09-01- 1774.
Mezzotint engraving, 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches on sheet 16 x 10 1/2 inches. Two 1/2 inch mended tears to right edge, a few soft marks and single pinhole in each corner (all outside image area). Very good condition. The distinguished 17th century pioneer landscape painter Claude Gellee (also known as Claude Le Lorrain) kept a sketchbook as a register of his paintings (The Book of Truth). Between 1777 and 1819 these were reproduced in sepia mezzotint and etching by Richard Earlom and published in "Liber Veritatis; or, a collection of prints, after the original designs of Claude le Lorrain." These prints have a beautiful tonal quality producing wonderful effects of light and shade. Item #41660