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Title Classical Landscape
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Dughet, Gaspard (French landscape painter, 1615-1675, active in Italy)
Date Earliest about 1650
Date Latest about 1660
Description Dughet was the pupil and brother-in-law of the artist, Nicholas Poussin. Dughet's atmospheric scenes are adorned with ancient ruins and figures in classical costume illuminated by a soft evening light.

Here, the diminishing size of the figures from foreground to middle-distance helps to create the illusion of recession into the landscape. Dughet uses the mounted figures in the centre to lead the eye into the scene from left to right, then back to the left where the great tree closes the composition.

Current Accession Number 1951P104
Former Accession Number P.10451
Subject landscape (classical)
Measurements 121.9 x 144.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Messrs. Tooth 1951.
Provenance Duke of Bedford, Woburn Abbey; Bedford sale, Christie's, 19 July 1951, lot 47, bought by J. A. Tooth.
Principal Exhibitions Paintings by Wilson, Gaspard Etc, J. A. Tooth Galleries, 1951, cat. no. 3; Old Master Paintings from the City of Birmingham, Wildenstein and Co. Ltd, cat. no. 19, ill.; Royal Academy, London, 1970, cat. no. 19, ill.
Publications Toynbee, Paget, 'Walpole's Journals of visits to country seats', The Walpole Society, vol. 16, 1927-8, p. 18; Waagen, G.F., (trans. Lady Eastlake), Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, 1854, p. 456; Scharf, A., Catalogue of Pictures at Woburn Abbey, 1877, I, p. 244, no. 403; 'Perspex. Current Shows and Comments', Apollo, pp. 1148-9, ill.; Illustrations, 1952, p. 35; Wright, C., 1976, p. 164; Boisclair, M.-N., 1978, cat. B. 11; Boisclair, M.-N., Gaspar Dughet - sa vie et son oeuvre (1615 - 1675), Paris, 1986, p. 219, no. 148, ill. Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 47, ill.
Notes Probably one of the paintings by Dughet seen by Horace Walpole in the Salon at Woburn Abbey in October 1751.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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