T02249 CASTLE AND LAKE 1831
Etching, 4 × 5 3/4 (10.1 × 14.6), on paper 4 3/4 × 6 5/8 (12 × 16.8); plate mark 4 × 5 3/4 (10.1 × 14.6)
Presented by Stephen Somerville 1977
Prov: ...; I. J. Coussell, included in an album of landscape studies (126 watercolours and some etchings), sold Sotheby's 15 July 1976 (11), bt. Somerville & Simpson Ltd.
Lit: D. C. Read, Catalogue of Etchings, after his own designs, by D. C. Read, Salisbury, 1832 (77); Raphael W. Read, MS catalogue of etchings by his father D. C. Read, compiled in triplicate in 1874, one copy presented by the compiler to the Print Room, British Museum (99).
Read chiefly worked as a drawing-master and reproductive engraver, but aspired to be a landscape artist. Constable, meeting him in Salisbury about 1821, found Read's copies in oils from Claude and Van de Velde ‘very far from bad, and very much better than I expected’. It was Read's attempts to extend his ‘little local reputation’ which prompted Constable's well-known remark ‘The feild of Waterloo is a feild of mercy to ours’; but Constable's initial sympathy for a struggling fellow-artist soon changed to exasperation at Read's persistently inflated ideas of his own genius. By 1823 Constable confided to his friend Archdeacon Fisher ‘the truth..…