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Update: Further Constable ‘Summerland’ proofs

David Lucas after John Constable,
The Summerland, 1829
Mezzotint, printed in black ink on heavyweight, stiff, off-white [oatmeal], textured, wove rag paper
Image, 150 x 226 mm, on plate 175 x 251, on sheet cut to 215 x 290 mm
Inscribed in plate, lower right [indistinct] ‘1829 D Lucas’, and inscribed in graphite top right ‘3’, in centre of lower margin, partly trimmed, ‘7’, and on verso, towards right, ‘1141’.

On 27 June 2019, lot 372 Chiswick Auctions, London offered a progress proof of David Lucas’s mezzotint of Constable’s ‘A Summerland’. The catalogue identified this as proof state 10e as given in Andrew Shirley’s superb book Mezzotints by David Lucas after John Constable, published in 1930.. This turns out to be wrong. It is, rather, to be identified with an impression at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, P139.1954, which I numbered as one of the many variants of Shirley’s state d (v) listed in the article ‘John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #3 – The Progress Proofs [d]‘, which first appeared on 22 October 2018. I have now updated the original article to include reference to this new example.

At the time of original publication I had not received permission to reproduce the superb sequence of proofs at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. This was kindly granted some time ago, so I have taken this occasion to add images to the Fitzwilliam references throughout the whole series of articles.

David Lucas after John Constable,
A Summerland, (1829) 1855
Mezzotint, printed in black ink on smooth-surfaced, light card
Image, 150 x 226 mm, on plate 178 x 252, on sheet 300 x 441 mm
Inscribed in graphite in centre of lower margin, ‘(1)’ and on verso, towards right, ‘276/56’; ‘K/-/-‘.
Chiswick Auctions, London, 27 June 2019, lot 372

The Chiswick auctions lot turned out to be more interesting than I had originally suspected. It included another ‘Summerland’ print, described as ‘a copy of the published state’, together with an impression of a different ‘English Landscape Scenery’ subject,

 

David Lucas after John Constable,
Willy Lott’s House, 1829 (1845)
Mezzotint, printed in black ink on textured, off-white, laid rag paper watermarked ‘F . D’
Image, 172 x 157 mm (to keyline), on plate 253 x 186, on sheet 413 x 305 (max)
Inscribed in ink lower right ‘l/A.C’, and in ink on verso ‘L.C./not/A.C [within brackets].
Chiswick Auctions, London, 27 June 2019, lot 372

‘Willy Lott’s House, mezzotint, proof before title, from ‘A New Series of Engravings, illustrative of English Landscape, from pictures of John Constable R.A.’, marked & spotted, plate 255 x 185 mm, 1845’. Both of these warrant more extended contextualisation.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

 

 

 

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