David Lucas (British, Northamptonshire 1802–1881 London)
after John Constable (British, East Bergholt 1776–1837 Hampstead)
Mezzotint; between states a and b, proof before letters
plate: 6 7/8 x 9 15/16 in. (17.5 x 25.2 cm)
sheet: 12 x 17 7/16 in. (30.5 x 44.3 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939
Not on view
In 1827, Constable began work on the project that would occupy his attention until his death seven years later: the publication of a series of prints based on his paintings that would stand as a summary of his achievements. The painter collaborated closely with the engraver David Lucas to create prints that would convey Constable's didactic intention—to illustrate the "chiaroscuro of nature." The medium of mezzotint, in which the design is developed from dark to light using a wide range of velvety tones, was eminently suited to the project. Here, the bright sun of a summer morning illuminates a richly textured landscape, striated in light and shade.
Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Shirley 26 a-b proof; Wedmore 6
Sir Frederick Wedmore Constable: Lucas: with a descriptive catalogue of the prints they did between them. London, 1904, cat. no. 6, p. 36.
Andrew Shirley The Published Mezzotints of David Lucas after John Constable, R.A.: A Catalogue and Historical Account. London, 1930, cat. no. 26 a-b.