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Gaspard Dughet (1615-75) was an influential French landscape artist based in Rome, who was inspired by his even more famous brother-in-law, Nicolas Poussin, whose name he adopted, and Claude Lorrain. These three painters sketched together in the countryside around Rome. Dughet followed the older artists' example by using drawings made from nature as a basis for his idealised scenes painted in the studio, or as fresco decorations for Roman palaces. His work differed from theirs, however, since he rarely included historical, biblical or mythological episodes. Many of Dughet's paintings were bought in the 18th century by the British on their Grand Tour of Italy.
The tondo format emphasises the age-old idyllic quality of the Roman 'Campagna' depicted in this etching. On the lower right, two men recline on the bank of a river. Four trees are to their left, one of which has a picturesquely broken trunk, while a tower in the distance acts as a visual full-stop.
National Galleries Scotland, 'Gaspard Dughet (Gaspard Poussin)', https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/artists/gaspard-dughet-gaspard-poussin
Dr Mark Stocker Curator, Historical International Art March 2019
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