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Perhaps the greatest painter of idealized landscapes, as an etcher, Claude Lorrain was the Mediterranean counterpart to his younger contemporary, Rembrandt. Claude combined luminous atmospheric effects with dense textures and details, filling his compositions with poetry and a hint of mystery....

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Verso, bottom left, in pen and brown ink, the mark of Thomas Miller Whitehead, London (1821-1897?)(Lugt 2449); verso, lower left, stamped in purple ink, the mark of Henry Studdy Theobald, London (1847-1934)(Lugt 1375); verso, lower right, in graphite pencil, "M558" (the inventory number of Otto Gerstenberg's secretary Montag (cf. Lugt 2785); verso, lower center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)


Thomas Miller Whitehead, London (1821-1897?)(Lugt 2449); Henry Studdy Theobald, London (1847-1934)(Lugt 1375); Theobald sale, Gutekunst, Stuttgart, May 12-14, 1910, lot 350, sold for M 3350 to Meder, for Otto Gerstenberg, Berlin (1848-1935)(Lugt 2785); by descent to his daughter, Margarethe Scharf, Berlin (b. 1889); Joseph Husband Seaman, New York (1865-1948); posthumous J. H. Seaman sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, December 1-2, 1948, lot 80, to Richard H. Zinser, Forest Hills, New York (c. 1883-1983); by descent to his heirs; Nicholas G. Stogdon, Oxford; Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, 2006; with Nicholas G. Stogdon and Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara, 2006; sold by Stogdon and Light to Salamander Fine Arts, London, 2006; sold by Salamander Fine Arts to the MFA June 27, 2007

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Tom and Jody Gill and by exchange from the Harvey D. Parker Collection

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Robert-Dumesnil 8, ii/iii; Russell 27, iii/v; Mannocci 18, iii(B)/vi


Sheet: 13.2 x 20.3 cm (5 3/16 x 8 in.) Platemark: 12.9 x 20 cm (5 1/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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