RICHARD EARLOM (London 1743 – 1822 London) after CLAUDE LORRAIN (Chamagne c.1600 – 1682 Rome)
Richard Earlom (London 1743 – 1822 London) after Claude Lorrain (Chamagne c.1600 – 1682 Rome)
A Group of Five Italianate Landscapes
Etching and mezzotint in brown ink, plate size (approximately) 209 x 258 mm (8.2 x 10.2 inch); sheet size (approximately) 265 x 387 mm (10.4 x 15.2 inch)
Each inscribed in the plate ‘Claude le Lorrain delint’, ‘Published Jany. 1st. 1776 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside.’, ‘R. Earlom fecit.’, ‘From the Original Drawing, in the Collection of the Duke of Devonshire’, and ‘No. 131’, ‘No. 134’, ‘No. 135’, ‘No. 137’ and ‘No. 170’ respectively
Private collection, The Netherlands
Richard Earlom was trained in London by Giovanni Battista Cipriani in the art of drawing, and is thought to have taught himself the mezzotint technique, in which he excelled.;1 He was commissioned by the publisher John Boydell to produce two hundred mezzotints after drawings by Claude Lorrain, known as the Liber Veritatis, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, which were Claude’s recordings of his own paintings.2 The prints were published from 1774 to 1777 and were hugely influential to English landscape painters. Presented here are five prints from this series, with wide margins and in good condition, highly decorative 18th-century works and perfect for framing.
1. For Earlom, see J.E. Wessely, Richard Earlom: Verzeichniss seiner Radirungen und Schabkunstblätter, Hamburg 1886.
2. For the Liber Veritatis, see Michael Kitson, Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis, London 1978.