"LAnding of the Eneas" Original Engraving after Claude Loraine, 1803
An original engraving with mezzotint after French artist Claude Loraine's drawing (1604-1682) by English artist Richard Earlom (1743-1822) titled "Landing of the Eneas", 1803. From Claude Loraine's "Liber Veritatis", this is plate 29. Published in London by John Boydell, 1803. Earlom executed a series of engravings of 200 of the drawings and sketches of Claude Lorraine, which was published in three folio volumes under the title of "Liber Veritatis" (1777–1819). Sheet size: 10" x 13". Image size: 4.5" x 8".
A peasant's son, Claude Gellée became known as Claude Lorrain, (1604 Champagne, France - 1682 Rome, Italy), was a French painter and draftsman. He had difficulty writing French and Italian and could barely count, but he could explain light's effects like a physicist. Entirely devoted to his art, the kind, guileless Claude became wildly successful despite ruthless competition. The young Claude began his career in Rome by about 1617, where he largely remained until his death. He studied the art of Northern European landscapists working in Italy, trained under Rome's landscape painters, and briefly studied in Naples. By 1633 Claude had found his definitive landscape style and joined Rome's Accademia di San Luca. In life and long after his death, Claude influenced landscape painting and garden design, through his paintings and over 1,300 drawings.
Earlom was born and died in London. His natural faculty for art appears to have been first called into exercise by his admiration for the lord mayor's state coach, which had just been decorated by Giovanni Battista Cipriani. He tried to copy the paintings, and was sent to study under Cipriani. He displayed great skill as a draughtsman, and at the same time acquired without assistance the art of mezzotint.
In 1765, Earlom was employed by Alderman Boydell, a publisher and promoter of the fine arts, to make a series of drawings from the pictures at Houghton Hall; and these he engraved in mezzotint. His best works are perhaps the fruit and flower pieces after the Dutch artists Van Os and Jan van Huysum. Among his historical and figure subjects are Agrippina, after Benjamin West; Love in Bondage, after Guido Reni; the Royal Academy, the Embassy of Hyderbeck to meet Lord Cornwallis, Colonel Mordant's Cock Fight and a Tiger Hunt, all after Johan Zoffany, and Lord Heathfield, after Sir Joshua Reynolds.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 10 in | WIDTH: 13 in
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