John Constable, David Lucas

Arundel Mill and Castle

published 1855

In Tate Britain

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John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 132 × 189 mm
Purchased 1985

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.

T04102 Arundel Mill and Castle

Mezzotint 132 x 189 (5 3/16 x 7 7/16); plate-mark 190 x 242 (7 1/2 x 9 1/2)
Mezzotinted inscription 'DL' in monogram br. of image. Engraved inscriptions: '39.' above image t.r., 'Painted by John Constable.' below image b.l., 'Engraved by D. Lucas.' below image br., 'Arundel Mill and Castle. ' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.49, only published state; Hill 1985, no.31

Lucas based this plate on the large painting which Constable was working on at the time of his death and which was exhibited posthumously in 1837 (Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; Reynolds 1984, no.37.1, pl.1086 in col.; Hill 1985, pl.31 in col.). As Reynolds points out, the birds flying above the castle are not visible in the painting and Lucas may have taken this detail from a pencil drawing now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Reynolds 1984, no.35.11, pl.997).

As with the 'Mill near Colchester' (T04097), Shirley records no impression with Lucas's publication line, despite the fact that the print was listed in the contents of his 1846 New Series. Leslie touched a proof on 15 January 1846 and a later proof is dated 2 February (Shirley 1930, p.214, progress proofs 'k' and 'p').

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 60-1

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