John Constable, David Lucas

Willy Lott’s House

published 1855

In Tate Britain

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John Constable 1776–1837
David Lucas 1802–1881
Mezzotint on paper
Image: 172 × 153 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.

T04069 Willy Lott's House

Mezzotint 172 x 153 (6 3/4 x 6); plate-mark 256 x 187 (10 1/16 x 7 3/8)
Engraved inscriptions: '6' above image t.r., 'John Constable, R.A.' below image b.l., 'David Lucas.' below image b.r., 'Willy Lott's House.' below image at centre; title in fine italic
Lit: Shirley 1930, no.33, state II; Hill 1985, no.26

This is one of the plates engraved under Constable's supervision but not published until after his death. He was considering including it in English Landscape in March 1832, when it seems to have been more or less finished except for needing to be 'regrounded at the sides' (Beckett IV 1966, p.370). A reference in December 1832 suggests that it was then being tidied up for the 'Appendix' which Constable was planning (ibid., p.390). It was not in fact published until 1846, in Lucas's New Series, though with the date 1844 in the publication line. According to the contents list of the series (Shirley 1930, p.229), the figure on horseback is the painter's father.

There are three early oil sketches of the subject in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum: Catalogue of the Constable Collection, 1973, nos.110, 110a, 329a, pls.65, 242). Of these, Reynolds no.329a (Hill 1985, pl.26 in col.) is closest to the mezzotint but lacks the figure on horseback. The latter was originally engraved on the plate as a standing figure.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.50-1


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