John Constable, David Lucas

Jaques and the Wounded Stag

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: 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.

T04090 Jaques and the Wounded Stag

Mezzotint 132 x 189 (5 3/16 x 7 7/16); plate-mark 173 x 240 (6 13/16 x 9 7/16)
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

Constable made a watercolour of a Jaques subject in or before 1828 (Beckett IV 1966, p.157). This may have been the 'Jaques and the Wounded Stag' which he exhibited in 1832 and which later belonged to C.R. Leslie. The latter is most likely the watercolour of the subject now in a private collection (Reynolds 1984, no.32.50, pl.823; Hill 1985, pl.23 in col.). This corresponds very well with Lucas's print, which is known to have been based on the work later owned by Leslie.

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.

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 56-7

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