John Constable, David Lucas

Hampstead Heath

published 1855

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 140 × 182 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.

T04076 Hampstead Heath

Mezzotint 140 x 182 (5 1/2 x 7 3/16); plate-mark 233 x 292 (9 3/16 x 11 1/2)
Engraved inscriptions: '13' above image t.r., 'John Constable, R.A.' below image b.l., 'David Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Hampstead Heath. ' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.51, only published state; Hill 1985, no.37

This plate was based on the 'Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead' painted for the Paris dealer Claude Sebroth in 1824 and now in the Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur (Reynolds 1984, no.25.7, pl.577 in col.; Hill 1985, pl.37 in col.). According to Shirley, the subject is mentioned in an advertisement for Lucas's New Series and was therefore engraved before this appeared in 1846. Shirley does not, however, give further details of the advertisement and his account of the progress proofs seems to contradict this dating as well as being self-contradictory itself: proofs taken about halfway through the work are apparently dated 15 June 1852 while a final proof was given to an unnamed person on 6 April 1847. What is not in doubt is that the print was published for the first and only time in Bohn's edition.

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 53-4

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