Constable, John (1776-1837) and David Lucas (1802-1881) 'Dedham Vale (Large plate)', Mezzotint, 1836/38.

Constable, John (1776-1837) and David Lucas (1802-1881) 'Dedham Vale (Large plate)', Mezzotint, 1836/38.

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Mezzotint by David Lucas, as directed by John Constable. Printed on india paper and laid onto wove paper. Unlettered engraver's proof with inscription in pencil along lower margin 'J Constable RA - (19th Proof)'.

This print is based on the 1828 painting 'The Vale of Dedham', now in the collection of The National Gallery of Scotland, which prompted Constable's election to the Royal Academy in 1829. It proved to be the last large scale mezzotint made by Lucas after Constable's work. The plate is thought to have been conceived in 1835 and by November 1836 proofing of the plate was in progress. Only a few impressions of this mezzotint are known prior to the published issue with the title and even lettered impressions are scarce.

'Constable's dramatic landscape leads your eye across the Suffolk countryside, along the winding River Stour, to Dedham village and the estuary beyond. This view from Gun Hill looking towards Dedham church, near his father's watermill, was a favourite subject and also features in a smaller painting of 1802 (Victoria and Albert Museum). The composition, with prominent foreground trees, was partially inspired by Claude's 'Hagar and the Angel' (National Gallery, London). The cloudy sky and details are, however, based on Constable's close observation of nature.' - NGS

Provenance: Thomas Agnew and Son. Bearing collector's stamp on the reverse of Fritz Reiss.

Reference: Shirley 40, Wedmore 49. (Unlettered e.p.)

Image Size: 53.7 x 50.2 cm
Plate Size: 67.8 x 56.1 cm
Sheet Size: 82.2 x 69.5 cm