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A man and a woman dancing to the sound of a woman playing the flute, watched by a company enjoying a picnic or wedding; a river landscape beyond. Etching by J. Mason, 1748, after Claude Lorraine.

Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682.
Date
Jan. 1748
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Description

An inscription on one version of the painting (in the National Gallery, London) identifies the subject as the wedding of Isaac and Rebecca. Left, a stone bridge over a stream, from which a drover drives his cattle down to the stream to drink. In the background is a broad river with a weir, a mill, a town, and mountains in a landscape based on the Roman Campagna

Publication/Creation

[London] : Published by A. Pond, Jan. 1748.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with engraving ; image 37.5 x 50 cm

Lettering

In the Pamphili palace at Rome. 4 feet 10 inch.s high. 6 [feet] 5 [inch.s] wide. Claudio Gille Lorenese pinxit. J. Mason sculp.

Publications note

D. Cecchi, L'opera completa di Claude Lorrain, Milan: Rizzoli, 1975, p. 109, no. 181 (giving date of the present engraving as 1774, the date of a later state published by Boydell)

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 3055858i

Reproduction note

After a painting in the opposite direction which exists in two versions, one in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj (Cecchi, op. cit. no. 181) and the other in the National Gallery, London (Cecchi, op. cit. no. 180), with many variations, e.g. the engraving omits eleven of the spectators on the right of the painting and the band of knights riding towards the bridge from the left of the painting

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