DETAIL: John CONSTABLE,  Great Britain 1776 � 1837  'Harwich Lighthouse' c.1820 oil on canvas Tate, London, gift of Maria Louisa Constable, Isabel Constable and Lionel Bicknell Constable in 1888 Tate, London 2005
David LUCAS | A summerland

LUCAS, David, Artist
Great Britain 1802 – 1881
CONSTABLE, John, Artist
Great Britain 1776 – 1837
A summerland
for English Landscape, part IV, November 1831 c.1829-30
mezzotint, drypoint, roulette
progress proof 'g'
plate 18.0 (h) x 25.2 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Felton Bequest in 1970
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Lucas began the plate for A summerland before 26 December 1829 when Constable requested four proofs of it (Beckett IV, p. 323). He based it on the first version of A ploughing scene in Suffolk (A summerland) 1814 . He made at least eight progress proof variations before the published state, of which this is the seventh. During the proofing the sky and the middle ground were reworked.

In the list of contents for English Landscape this mezzotint was called  A Summerland, Rainy Day; Ploughmen. – Noon.

Heysen wrote: ‘I feel elated at the inclusion of … A Summerland’ (Heysen, 30 September 1948, NLA MS 5073/1/7182).

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