John Constable, David Lucas Cornfields near Brighton published 1855

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Artwork details

Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Title
Cornfields near Brighton
Date Published 1855
Medium Mezzotint on paper
Dimensions Image: 130 x 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1985
Reference
T04072
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Catalogue entry

This catalogue entry discusses a group of works; details of the individual work are given at the end of the introductory text.

John Constable 1776-1837 and David Lucas 1802-1881

T04064 - T04103 'English Landscape Scenery' pub.1855

Bound volume containing text and forty mezzotints, various sizes, on wove paper, page size 426 x 290 (16 3/4 x 11 7/16)
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1985
Prov: ...; given by Mrs Peter Hammond to her husband Peter Hammond 27 July 1911 (inscription on endpaper); ...; Osbert H. Barnard, sold Sotheby's 7 March 1985 (237, together with T03983-04063) £5017 bt Christopher Mendez for Tate Gallery
Lit: as for T03983-04063 above

See the introductory text to T03983-04063 for general comments on this edition, published by H.G. Bohn in 1855 under the title English Landscape Scenery: A Series of Forty Mezzotinto Engravings on Steel, by David Lucas. From Pictures Painted by John Constable, R.A.

The titles used here are those that appear on the prints themselves, except for subjects first published in the 1830-2 English Landscape series, for which the original titles, as given on T03983-04063, have been retained. The ruled borders or framing lines (as Shirley calls them) used on the later Lucas subjects included in this edition have been ignored for the purpose of measuring the images.

T04072 Cornfields near Brighton


Mezzotint 130 x 198 (5 1/8 x 7 13/16); plate-mark 183 x 253 (7 3/16 x 9 15/16)
Engraved inscriptions: '9' above image t.r., 'John Constable, R.A.' below image b.l., 'David Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Cornfields near Brighton. ' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.44, state II; Hill 1985, no.45


This plate was based on a painting of the 1820s, now in a private collection, depicting the downs above Brighton with Rottingdean in the distance (Reynolds 1984, no.24.78, pl.549; Hill 1985, repr. p.120). It was first published by Lucas in his New Series in 1846, with the date 1844 in the publication line.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.50 and 52

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