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Sunrise in the Mist

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1839 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucas, David, born 1802 - died 1881 (engravers (printmakers))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on laid paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EM, shelf 24, box C

Physical description

Monochrome print showing a sea-shore with sandy beach taking up much of the bottom half and the sea coming in from the left. Almost centrally placed in the sky shines a sun, with a cloud formation in the top right corner. There are a few scattered rocks on the beach and a structure (castle or church) in the sea on an outcrop.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1839 (made)


Lucas, David, born 1802 - died 1881 (engravers (printmakers))

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on laid paper


Height: 101 mm plate size, Width: 134 mm plate size, Height: 210 mm sheet size max, Width: 240 mm sheet size max

Object history note

Oustanding progress proof before all letters of an exceptionally rare unpublished engraving.

Historical context note

It is unknown whether the source of this design was Lucas's own, or was from the hand of his principal patron, John Constable. Current academic opinion favour Lucas as the originator of this design. (Quoted from label on reverse of image.

Descriptive line

Mezzotint, 'Sunrise in the Mist', by David Lucas; British, ca. 1839.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley, A. The published mezzotints of David Lucas after John Constable, R.A.: a catalogue and historical account. (Oxford, 1930), page 157.
Catalogue of the Complete Works of David Lucas. Gooden and Fox's Gallery, May, 1903. Another impression no. 85.

Production Note

Attribution note: Progress proof before lettering


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Clouds; Sea-shore; Sunrise


Prints; Landscapes

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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