Constable, John (1776-1837), 'Leathes Water', Mezzotint, 1815

'Leathes Water', Mezzotint, 1815

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Engraved by Henry Dawe. Open letter proof, hand coloured by Constable and inscribed in his hand 'Mr I White with the .....(compliments) of John Constable May 24th 1828'.

Lettered: Drawn by John Constable...Engraved by Henry Dawe Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland. This view is taken from the elevated part of the valley, on the road leading from Grassmere to Keswick, near Dunmail Raise. To the North in the extreme distance, rises Saddleback, and on the right is Helvellyn. London, Published by Mr. Constable, 63, Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, May 1, 1815.


This is the first work to be published by Constable himself and is the earliest mezzotint of any of his works. It was not until a decade after, that Constable began to consider having mezzotints made of his work, initially by S.W Reynolds and later, in 1829 by David Lucas.

This work is extremely scarce, the only other open letter proof impression is in the British Museum and even the closed letter examples are very rare to the market.

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Image Size 24.5 x 48.4 cm
Sheet Size 32.5 x 55.5 cm
Provenance The collection of the Hon Christopher Lennox Boyd