John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #4 – The Progress Proofs [e-h]

This is the fourth in a series of articles in which I discuss a recently-discovered progress proof of the mezzotint of ‘A Summerland’ made by David Lucas for John Constable in 1829. Here I finish the collation of the stages through which the engraving evolved to publication. The major aesthetic revisions all occurred in the … Continue reading John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #4 – The Progress Proofs [e-h]

John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #3 – The Progress Proofs [d]

This is the third in a series of articles in which I discuss a recently-discovered progress proof of the mezzotint of ‘A Summerland’ made by David Lucas for John Constable in 1829. Here I continue a collation of the many stages through which the engraving evolved to publication. This involves concentrated tracking of changes to … Continue reading John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #3 – The Progress Proofs [d]

John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #2 – The Progress Proofs (a-c)

This is the second of a series of articles in which I discuss a recently-discovered progress proof of the mezzotint of ‘A Summerland’ made by David Lucas for John Constable in 1829. Here I begin a collation of the many stages through which the engraving evolved to publication. This might well strike many general readers as … Continue reading John Constable, David Lucas and ‘A Summerland’: Part #2 – The Progress Proofs (a-c)

The Bretton Hall Marbles: #1, The Ashtray and the Million Pound Plant Pot

This is the first of an intended series of articles that relates the discovery of two important Greek antiquities at Bretton Hall and explores their context and origins. I has taken me twenty-five years to get round to telling this story. I became involved in 1991 when I realised that one piece was an altar … Continue reading The Bretton Hall Marbles: #1, The Ashtray and the Million Pound Plant Pot

Turner and Scotland #1: Ben Arthur from near Ardgartan

Not all my Turnering goes according to plan. This is an interim report on a new identification for a watercolour at the British Museum. Currently called ‘Mountain study, a view in north Wales (?)’ this can now be confirmed instead as a view of Ben Arthur from the entrance to Glen Croe above Ardgartan. On … Continue reading Turner and Scotland #1: Ben Arthur from near Ardgartan