John Constable, David Lucas
Frontispiece: East Bergholt, Suffolk date not known

Artwork details

John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Date Date not known
Medium Mezzotint on paper
Dimensions Image: 139 x 187 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1985
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In the 1830s, Constable began producing
a series of prints after his work, in collaboration with the engraver David Lucas. For the frontispiece he selected
a view of East Bergholt House at evening time, and in the foreground included
an artist sketching.


The Latin lettering on the print stressed
Constable's intimate association with the place. In translation it reads: 'This spot saw the day spring of my Life, Hours of Joy, and years of Happiness, This place first tinged my boyish fancy with a love of the art, This place was the origin of my fame'.


August 2004

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