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Print - Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland
  • Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland
    Dawe, Henry Edward, born 1790 - died 1848
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Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (published)

  • Date:

    1815 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dawe, Henry Edward, born 1790 - died 1848 (engraver)
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist.

  • Museum number:

    1253-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 112

This was the first print that Constable published. It is based on a drawing he made in 1806 during his only visit to the Lake District. It is not known why Constable selected this subject but its mountainous subject contrasts with the gentle scale of the landscapes in English Landscape Scenery. The engraver, Henry Dawe, was the brother of George, portrait painter, who employed Constable to paint a background for him in 1815. It is probably no coincidence that Constable chose an engraver who was working for his rival, Turner, on his classification of different types of landscape in the Liber Studiorum.

Physical description

Mezzotint of Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland, drawn by John Constable (RA) and engraved by Henry Dawe. The view is taken from the elevated part of the valley, on the road leading from Grassmere to Kesiwck, near Dunmail Rise. To the North in the extreme distance, rises Saddleback, and on the right is Helvellyn.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (published)

Date

1815 (published)

Artist/maker

Dawe, Henry Edward, born 1790 - died 1848 (engraver)
John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on paper

Dimensions

Height: 32.1 cm papersize, Width: 53.4 cm papersize, Height: 24.5 cm platemark size, Width: 48.3 cm platemark size, Height: 23 cm picturesize, Width: 47 cm picturesize, Height: 9 3/4 in, Width: 19 in, Height: 9 3/4 in, Width: 19 in

Historical context note

The 1806 drawing from which this engraving is taken is no.194-1888.

Descriptive line

Engraving entitled 'Leathes Water, or Wythburn Lake, Cumberland', Henry Dawe after John Constable (RA), Great Britain, 1815

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Mezzotint

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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