Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain (1604/5-82)
Or Giovanni-Francesco Grimaldi, called Il Bolognese (1606-80)
'A Study of Trees'About
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 410
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
This attractive study, spontaneously dashed off on a scrap of rough blue paper, passed through the hands of several distinguished collectors. Bought by Ionides as a Claude, it was later attributed to Claude's contemporary, Giovanni-Francesco Grimaldi. Ionides liked drawings of gnarled trees and also owned several similar subjects by English and Dutch artists.