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Claude Lorrain (1604/5-82)

Harbour Scene at Sunset Inscribed 1643

Oil on canvas | 74.3 x 99.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 401382

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Claude was captivated by the effect of light in landscape and spent his career recording its peculiarities. The specific glint of the sun on the inky-blue sea and the sharpness of the foreground architecture reminds us exactly of an effect we have seen in nature. We are transported directly into the scene. Probably acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales.

First recorded at Buckingham House c.1790