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Creator:
Bernard Lens III, 1682–1740, British
Title:

Classical Landscape

Date:
1717
Medium:
Gouache and gum arabic on vellum
Dimensions:
Sheet: 7 5/8 × 10 1/4 inches (19.4 × 26 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated gold paint, lower left: "B. Lens Fecit 1717"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1985.11.1
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
castle | city | hill | landscape | river | sheep | shepherd | toga | trees | waterfall
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:9294
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Although early eighteenth-century miniature copies of Old Master paintings tended to reproduce figural subjects, as does Lens's copy after Rubens (cat. 26 [B1982.6]) and Groupy's after Raphael (cat. 28 [B1986.13]), Lens also made a number of small gouache versions of seventeenth-century classical landscapes. In exquisite diminutive paintings such as this one after an unidentified original, possibly by Gaspard Dughet, Lens responded to an existing taste for idealized landscape. As the same time, he was working as a topographical draftsman, producing documentary landscapes in pen and ink and wash.

Scott Wilcox
Wilcox, Forrester, O'Neil, Sloan. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. pg. 58 cat. no. 43.

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 27, no. 101, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 27, no. 101, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Scott Wilcox, Line of beauty : British drawings and watercolors of the eighteenth century, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, pp. 58-9, no. 43, NC228 W53 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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