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 | Salisbury Cathedral

LUCAS, David, Artist
Great Britain 1802 – 1881
CONSTABLE, John, Artist
Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Salisbury Cathedral 1831-32
mezzotint, drypoint
progress proof 'g'
plate 17.6 (h) x 25.3 (w) cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Felton Bequest in 1970
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In this view of Salisbury Cathedral Constable depicted a fisherman in the foreground by a bend in the river and tall trees to the left. Lucas had begun working on the plate by June 1831 (Shirley 1930, p. 193) probably basing it on a drawing and a painting of Salisbury Cathedral from Long Bridge (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), which Constable had made around 1829. Birds flying low over the water were added during the proofing, the trees lightened, the light in the sky diffused.

This progress proof was made before Constable asked Lucas to add the rainbow and before he removed the lightning flash.

Heysen wrote: ‘I am liking my Salisbury print more’ (Heysen, 23 February 1948, NLA MS 5073/1/5594).

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