Claude-Louis Chatelet (Paris (?) 1750 - Paris 1795)

Mountain Landscape with a Waterfall

Pen and brush and black ink and grey wash, heightened with touches of white, on blue paper.
Double framing lines in brown ink.
Inscribed vallée(?) in brown ink at the lower left.
218 x 285 mm. (8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.)


The present sheet may have been executed during Chatelet’s travels around Switzerland in 1780-1781, in preparation for La Borde and Zurlauben’s Tableaux topographiques, pittoresques, physiques, historiques, moraux, politiques, littéraires de la Suisse. A stylistically comparable drawing on blue paper of the waterfalls at Schaffhausen, in Switzerland near the German border, was formerly in the collection of John Gaines in Lexington, Kentucky. The present sheet may also be compared with a drawing of The Cascade at Tivoli in the Horvitz collection in Massachusetts, drawn in the same distinctive technique, as are two further studies of mountain views in the same collection.

Anonymous sale, New York, Christie’s, 22 January 2004, part of lot 212
Private collection.

New York, Wildenstein, The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier: A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein’s Presence in New York, exhibition catalogue, 2005-2006, p.294, note 8, under no.124.

Claude-Louis CHATELET

Mountain Landscape with a Waterfall


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