Liber Veritatis; or a Collection of Prints, after the original designs of Claude le Lorrain; in the collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, Earl Spencer, Richard Payne Knight, Benjamin West, P.R.A.Charles Lambert, Edward Turnor, George Gosling and Joseph Farrington, Executed by Richard Earlom ,in the manner and taste of the originals.
London , 3 volumes, folio (370x280mm), contemporary half red morocco gilt, with 3 portraits and 300 etched plates finished in sepia aquatint, a fine and unusually clean set.
Claude Lorrain, French painter, who, like Nicolas Poussin was one of the great masters of 17th-century classical landscape painting. Drawing its inspiration from classical antiquity, this school of painting presents nature as harmonious, serene, and often majestic. Subject matter is taken from Greek, Roman, or biblical sources, and human figures in the landscape are often depicted in pastoral or antique dress. Claude's particular contribution to the ideal landscape was his masterly treatment of light. From his early paintings, which have strong, dramatic lighting effects, to his later ones, which are softly drenched with limpid light, he was unsurpassed as an illuminist.