Claude Lorrain Sketching, 1853
Oil on panel, 28 x 33 cm
Bequeathed, Mrs M.I. Shiell, 1988
Claude Lorrain (c.1604-1682) was a French painter of ideal landscapes and pastoral scenes. His idyllic scenes of nature were based on spontaneous sketches and studies executed in the countryside around Rome; these studies were then worked up into finished oil paintings back in his studio. Maclise depicts Claude, accompanied by a young woman, on one of these sketching trips and filling a sketchbook with nature studies. Maclise took the opportunity to display his own studies from nature in the meticulously painted flowers and vegetation that surround the figures.