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 lock on the Stour, Suffolk

LUCAS, David, Artist
Great Britain 1802 – 1881
CONSTABLE, John, Artist
Great Britain 1776 – 1837
A lock on the Stour, Suffolk
for English Landscape, part IV, November 1831 1831
mezzotint, drypoint, touched with pencil along upper edge
progress proof 'g'
plate 18.0 (h) x 21.6 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Felton Bequest in 1970
VIEW: Article | |

In this view Constable depicted Flatford Lock on the River Stour upstream from the upper lock gate, with a wooden footbridge and Bridge Cottage beyond it, and Dedham Church in the distance. Two figures rest on the ground near the lock on a pleasant day. The scene was in the vicinity of that which Constable depicted in A boat passing a lock 1826  .

Lucas engraved the plate in 1831, basing it on the painting that Constable had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1813 as Landscape: Boys fishing (Anglesey Abbey, The National Trust). He made at least seven progress proof variations before the published state, of which this is the last. During the proofing the sky was reworked and the plants, birds and lights on the water were added.

Heysen wrote: ‘I feel elated at the inclusion of … A lock on the Stour – This always appeals as a well knit & most complete design’ (Heysen,  30 September 1948, NLA MS 5073/1/7182).

NGA Home | Introduction | Themes | Search | Learning | Symposium | Visiting | Previous