In 1757, George Washington began a three-year building campaign to transform Mount Vernon into an elegant country home in the British manner. Above the chimney in the West Parlor, one of the most elaborate rooms in the house, he installed "A Neat Landscape - after Claude Lorrain" sent from London. The idyllic landscape was a loose translation of the work of the seventeenth-century French master, Claude Lorrain (c. 1605-1682) whose dramatic scenery often overshadowed the figures and any narrative. In this work, a shepherd pauses to contemplate the ships in the sunny harbor. More


c. 1757




Oil on canvas


Overall: 21 1/2 in. x 36 in. (54.61 cm x 91.44 cm)


Transferred to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association through the generosity of John Augustine Washington III, 1860

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