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- Mezzotint on paper
- Image: 132 x 189 mm
- Purchased 1985
This catalogue entry discusses a group of works; details of the individual work are given at the end of the introductory text.
1776-1837 and David Lucas
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.
Engraved inscriptions: '27' above image t.r., 'John Constable, R.A.' below image b.l., 'David Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Jaques and the Wounded Stag, Scene from "As you like it." ' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.15, state II; Hill 1985, no.23
Two letters from Constable to Lucas referring to the loan and return of the original watercolour are undated but are placed by Beckett in the autumn of 1830 (Beckett IV 1966, p.335-6). The subject appears on Constable's lists for English Landscape about this time and also in February 1831 (ibid., pp.444-6). In the event it was not used in the series but Constable was already considering it for his 'Appendix' in October 1832 (ibid., p.382). It is not clear how far the plate had progressed before his death. The print was first published in Lucas's New Series in 1846, with the publication date given as 1845.
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.50 and 56-7
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