John Constable, David Lucas

Mill near Colchester

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: 134 × 187 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.

T04097 Mill near Colchester

Mezzotint 134 x 187 (5 1/4 x 7 3/8); plate-mark 190 x 242 (7 1/2 x 9 1/2)
Engraved inscriptions: '34' above image t.r., 'Painted by John Constable.' below image b.l., 'Engraved by D. Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Mill near Colchester.' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.50, only published state; Hill 1985, no.43

According to the 'Description of the Plates' at the beginning of Bohn's edition, the original was a watercolour in the Constable family collection. The whereabouts of this work, listed in Reynolds 1984 as no.33.34, are not known today but it is probably to be identified with no.165 in Wildenstein's Centenary Memorial Exhibition of John Constable ..., 1937, of which a photograph exists (copy at Tate Gallery). The date 1831 is ascribed to it in the 1937 catalogue. The mill has been identified as Stanway Mill.

Shirley (1930, pp.215-16) lists progress proofs with dates ranging from 5 April 1845 to 1 April 1846. Although the print is included in the contents list of Lucas's New Series (ibid., p.229), Shirley had not seen an impression lettered with Lucas's publication line and concluded that Lucas issued only unlettered proofs.

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 59


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