Claude's Liber Veritatis Drawings in Melville's Copy of Claude Gellée Le Lorrain
Melville’s fifteen free-standing prints by or after Claude Lorraine were augmented by 16 illustrations in his 1887 New York edition of Dullea’s Claude Gellée Le Lorrain. The frontispiece was a portrait of the painter. The other illustrations reproduced two etchings by Claude and thirteen drawings form the Liber Veritatis. We will comment briefly on selected images that may have been of particular interest to Melville.
Since Melville collected prints of three etchings by Claude Lorrain, he would have looked closely at the two etchings by Claude reproduced in Dullea’s book (and documented in Dullea’s Appendix D). The Herdsman (fig. 1) would have been of particular interest because Melville also had a reproduction of the same etching in his copy of The Works of Eminent Masters. The two reproductions differ in tone and texture as well as in size (see CAT 123, fig. 1).