John Constable, David Lucas


published 1855

In Tate Britain

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John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 131 × 198 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.

T04100 Stonehenge

Mezzotint 131 x 198 (5 3/16 x 7 13/16); plate-mark 215 x 278 (8 1/2 x 10 15/16)
Engraved inscriptions: '37' above image t.r., 'John Constable -R.A-' below image b.l., 'David Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Stone Henge.' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.41, state II; Hill 1985, no.44

The 'Description of the Plates' at the beginning of Bohn's volume describes the original of this plate as a 'Sketch' in C.R. Leslie's possession. Its present whereabouts are unknown. Reynolds (1984, no.32.46) and Hill suggest that it was a watercolour but it was described as 'the engraved picture' in Leslie's sale (Foster 25 April 1860, lot 95) and appears to have been paired with an oil sketch in the Constable studio sale (Foster 16 May 1838, lot 3).

Constable was considering the subject for his 'Appendix' in November 1832 (Beckett IV 1966, pp.386-9) but the engraving was probably not begun in his lifetime. The print first appeared in Lucas's New Series in 1846, with 1843 given as the publication date.

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


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