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Memoirs Of The Life Of John Constable, Esq. R.A. Composed Chiefly Of His Letters. By C. R. Leslie, R.A. Second Edition.

Charles Robert Leslie RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans, Paternoster Row., 1845.

Physical Description

xi, [i], 363, [1] p., frontis. (port.), [2] pl.; 214 mm. (Quarto.)


[Frontis. (port.), t.p.] - Preface - Contents - Corrigenda; Directions To The Binder - [Text, with 2 pl.] - Notes of Six Lectures, delivered by Constable, on Landscape Painting - [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of Constable is signed as drawn by C.R. Leslie and lithographed by R.J. Lane; Plate [1], also a portrait of Constable, is signed as painted by Gardiner and lithographed by T.H. Maguire; Plate [2] is signed as [painted] by John Constable and [engraved] by David Lucas.

The frontispiece and Plate [1] carry the imprint of M. & N. Hanhart; Plate [2], that of Longman & Co. (with the date 1845).

The printer is named in the colophon: 'C. Whittingham, Chiswick'.

In Whittingham's distinctive style, the book abounds in headpieces and decorated initials derived from 16th-century originals. These are unsigned.


Studies of Constable include J.C. Ivy, Constable and the critics 1802-1837 (1991); I. Fleming-Williams and I. Parris, The discovery of Constable (1984).

Summary Note

Leslie was a friend of Constable. He published the first edition of this biography in 1843.

The three plates show: [frontis.] portrait of Constable; [1] portrait of Constable; [2] landscape 'Spring' by Constable.


This second edition was reprinted in 1951 (London: Phaidon).

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Memoirs Of Constable Leslie', 'R.A.' and '1845'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Painters - Great Britain - History - 18th century - 19th century
Biography - Letters - Art history - 19th century


Charles Whittingham II, printer
John Constable RA
Charles Robert Leslie RA, draughtsman
Richard Lane ARA, lithographer
D. Gardiner, source artist
Thomas Herbert Maguire, lithographer
John Constable RA, source artist
David Lucas, engraver
Nicholas Hanhart, lithographic printer
Michael Hanhart, lithographic printer
Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, publisher
M. and N. Hanhart (London), lithographic printer