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English Landscape Scenery : supplement

John Constable RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[s.l.]: [s.n.], [1839?]

Physical Description

[4] leaves, [6] leaves of plates ; 31 x 49 cm.

General Note

The plates state: Painted by John Constable R.A. Engraved by David Lucas. London: Published 1838 for the Proprietors by F.G. Moon, Printseller by Special Appointment to Her Majesty, 20 Threadneedle Street.
The set of 22 prints, (mezzotints, with etching, roulette and drypoint), was originally issued in five parts between June 1830 and July 1832. By 1833 a second edition was ready (with some plates reworked), and a further series, entitled the Appendix, was planned before Constable’s death; some plates of the Appendix remained unpublished while others were published by Moon in 1845. The six plates here are published by Moon, so may have been published at this later date.


The titles, as recorded on the plates themselves, are as follows: Castle Acre Priory -- Salisbury Cathedral -- Opening of Waterloo Bridge -- View of the River Stour -- View of the Orwell -- A Mill


L. Parris, John Constable and David Lucas [exhibition catalogue] (1993); J. Constable, John Constable's correspondence, ed. R.B. Beckett, vol. IV (1966), p.314-463; A Shirley, The published mezzotints of David Lucas after John Constable, RA (1930); F. Wedmore, Constable: Lucas: with a descriptive catalogue of the prints they did between them (1904); British Museum, Constable's "English landscape scenery" 1979. More general studies include J.C. Ivy, Constable and the critics 1802-1837 (1991); I. Fleming-Williams and I. Parris, The discovery of Constable (1984).


The front free endpaper carries a 20th century Royal Academy bookplate on which is inscribed in pencil “Presented by the late artist’s family, 6 April 1839.”

Copy Note

The volume lacks a title page. Preceding the six plates is a page on which is hand-written: “The following Plates intended by Mr. Constable to form a supplement to his work were not published until after his death.”

Binding Note

Half bound in green leather. Green cloth boards. Lettered in gold on upper cover and spine: “Constable’s English Landscape.” Bound with: Various Subjects of Landscape Characteristic of English Landscape (1839 i.e. 1830). [04/604]."




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