A View of Nancy

Oil on canvas
Signed: "Claudot / LORAIN"
15 13/16 x 33 5/8 inches, 39.5 x 84 cm

This view of Nancy was clearly painted before the construction of the Place Stanislas, which began in 1752 and lasted until 1755, thus giving us a terminus ante quem of 1752. This makes the painting the work of a talented young man. The Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy holds another view of the environs of Nancy (CH.13). The 'LORAIN' inscription relates to the French département of which Nancy is the capital rather than his alluding to Claude Lorraine, although this suggestion may not have been lost on the precocious young man!

These panoramic views of cities were clearly to become somewhat of a speciality of Claudot's who painted a number of other views of cities in a similar format. These views of Bayonne from two sides are excellent examples of this.


Private Collection, France