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Shepherd Playing the Flute

A work made of mezzotint in brown on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint in brown on cream laid paper.




Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Claude Lorrain (French, 1600-1682)

About this artwork

Beginning in 1774, Richard Earlom produced 200 mezzotints after a famous album of Claude Lorrain landscape drawings then in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth (now at the British Museum). Published in two volumes in 1777, the Liber Veritatis became Earlom’s most influential publication. Most famously, it inspired J. M. W. Turner’s partially mezzotint Liber Studiorum, especially his “elevated pastoral” category.


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Richard Earlom


Shepherd Playing the Flute


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Mezzotint in brown on cream laid paper


Image: 19.1 × 25.8 cm (7 9/16 × 10 3/16 in.); Plate: 20.7 × 25.9 cm (8 3/16 × 10 1/4 in.); Sheet: 21.3 × 26.5 cm (8 7/16 × 10 7/16 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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