Circle of CLAUDE GELLÉE, called LORRAIN
(Chamagne 1604/05 - Rome 1682)
Landscape with Two Figures Beneath a Tree on the Edge of a Lake
193 x 262 mm. (7 5/8 x 10 3/8 in.)
This landscape sketch later belonged to the 19th century French military officer Aimé-Charles-Horace His de la Salle (1795-1878), who assembled a fine collection of Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish and German drawings. His de la Salle bequeathed some 21 paintings and around 450 drawings to the Louvre, while presenting other works to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the museums of Alençon, Dijon and Lyon.
The present sheet then entered the small but choice collection of prints and drawings assembled by Louis Galichon (1829-1893), the brother of the art historian, critic and fellow collector Emile Galichon, and was probably acquired at his posthumous sale by the Parisian solicitor Eugène Rodrigues (1853-1928). Along with Etienne Moreau-Nélaton, Walter Gay and other connoisseurs, Rodrigues was a founder member of the Société de Reproduction des Dessins de Maîtres in 1909. His large collection of drawings dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including numerous architectural and ornamental studies, was dispersed at several auctions in Paris in the 1920s.
By descent to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer, Althorp, Northamptonshire (Lugt 1530)
His sale (‘A Superb Cabinet of Drawings; The Entire Collection of a Nobleman: Formed with Refined Taste and Judgement, about the Middle of the Last Century...’), London, T. Philipe, 10-18 June 1811, lot 337 (as Claude, sold for £1.1.0)
Aimé-Horace-Charles His de la Salle, Paris (Lugt 1333)
Louis Galichon, Paris (Lugt 1061), his collector’s mark stamped on the backing sheet
His posthumous sale (‘La collection de feu M. L.G.’), Paris, Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs [Delestre], 4-9 March 1895, lot 71 (as Claude: ‘Paysage. Divers personnages, à peine indiqués, se reposent, au bord d’une rivière, sous l’ombrage de deux grands arbres que l’on voit à gauche. A la sepia rehaussé de blanc, sur papier vert. Collections Spencer et His de La Salle.’, sold for 50 francs)
Eugène Rodrigues, Paris (Lugt 897)
Private collection, France.