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Gaspard Dughet [Poussin]

Gaspard Dughet (1616-1675), a protégé and brother-in-law of Nicolas Poussin, also known as Gaspard Poussin. Dughet was also a close associate of Claude Lorrain, whom he at times accompanied on painting excursions into the Roman countryside. For a time, Gaspard Dughet, Claude Lorrain, and Nicolas Poussin collaborated with Jan Both and Herman Swanevelt (two Dutch painters resident in Rome whose Italian works were also collected by Melville) “in the famous series of large anchorite paintings commissioned for the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid” (Harris 168). In Rome, Dughet received lucrative commissions to paint landscapes in fresco at the Pamphili, Borghese, Quirinale, and Colonna family palaces—while also painting the landscapes on canvas with which he competed with those of Claude and Poussin. In England in the 1730s and 1740s, Dughet was more widely engraved and imitated than either Claude or Nicolas Poussin (French 9). His influence on English taste extended into the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as seen in his direct influence on painters as different as Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, and John Constable (all represented in Melville’s print collection).

  • Works cited in this section:
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