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Departing Storm

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1829 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucas, David, born 1802 - died 1881 (engravers (printmakers))
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)
    Hollyer, Samuel (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on chine collé paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1767-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EM, shelf 50, box A

This print came into the V&A's collection with an accompanying typescript note stating that "Lucas held this proof in particular esteem as it was one of the first two landscapes on which he had worked with John Constable. It was as a result of these that he received the commission for the famous series of engravings of English landscape scenery". The companion to this piece was entitled 'Approaching Storm' and an impression is in the V&A's collection, museum number E.1766-1991. However, a composition by John Constable of this subject is not recorded and it is possible that Lucas made this mezzotint after his own design to show Constable of what he was capable.

Physical description

Monochrome print of a landscape setting after a storm with a rainbow left coming from behind a dense cloud formation. There are a few figures in the middle distance and left of the foreground.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1829 (made)

Artist/maker

Lucas, David, born 1802 - died 1881 (engravers (printmakers))
John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)
Hollyer, Samuel (published)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on chine collé paper

Marks and inscriptions

DL
Signed with artist's monogram

Special copy before naming unique.
Inscribed in pencil in an unidentified hand

Dimensions

Height: 98 mm plate size, Width: 131 mm plate size, Height: 262 mm sheet size, Width: 250 mm sheet size

Object history note

Exceptionally rare progress proof before all letters. From the collection of Peter Leslie, Esq., grandson of C.R. Leslie, Constable's biograper, sold with an accompanying transcript (E.1767:2-1991) which reads "This fine proof of The Departing Storm was given to my grandfather C.R. Leslie, in 1845 by the engraver Mr. David Lucas. Mr. Lucas held this proof in particular esteem as it was one of the first two landscapes on which he had worked with John Constable. It was as a result of these that he received the commission for the famous series of engravings of English landscape scenery."

Descriptive line

Mezzotint, 'Departing Storm', by David Lucas, after John Constable. Published by Samuel Hollyer; proof, British 1829.

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)
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 all letters

Materials

Ink; India paper; Wove paper

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Weather; People; Storm; Landscape; Sun-rays; Clouds

Categories

Prints; Landscapes

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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