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On display at V&A South Kensington
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An Old Thatched Cottage with Hedge and Paling in Front.

Print
ca. 1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Only four etchings by Constable have been identified. None is firmly dated and they were never formally published. It is known that in 1797 Constable obtained instructions on how to etch from J.T. Smith, engraver and future Keeper of Prints at the British Museum. At this date Constable also supplied Smith with drawings of cottages in the hope that he would use them in Remarks on Rural Scenery with Twenty Etchings of Cottages from Nature, a source book for painters. None was used but it is possible that Constable etched one of the subjects himself at this time although his etchings are more often dated to later in his life.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Etching
Brief Description
Etching, by John Constable (RA), Great Britain, ca. 1800
Physical Description
An etching of a rustic thatched cottage, with a hedge and paling in front in black and white.
Dimensions
  • Papersize height: 20.3cm
  • Papersize width: 26.5cm
  • Platemark size height: 15cm
  • Platemark size width: 17.2cm
  • Picturesize height: 13.7cm
  • Picturesize width: 16cm
  • Height: 5 7/8in (Note: Measurement taken from register)
  • Width: 6 6/4in (Note: Measurement taken from register)
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist.
Subject depicted
Summary
Only four etchings by Constable have been identified. None is firmly dated and they were never formally published. It is known that in 1797 Constable obtained instructions on how to etch from J.T. Smith, engraver and future Keeper of Prints at the British Museum. At this date Constable also supplied Smith with drawings of cottages in the hope that he would use them in Remarks on Rural Scenery with Twenty Etchings of Cottages from Nature, a source book for painters. None was used but it is possible that Constable etched one of the subjects himself at this time although his etchings are more often dated to later in his life.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4-1888

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record createdMay 26, 2006
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