A heath (Hampstead Heath: Branch Hill pond)
1802 - 1881
after John Constable
1776 - 1837
In 1829 Constable engaged the young engraver, David Lucas, to produce a series of mezzotints. Constable favoured this medium as the most effective one to reproduce the flicker of his brushwork and the atmospheric effects of changing sunlight in the open air. The prints were published between 1830 and 1832. They mostly reflect the artist’s deep feeling for the landscape scenery along the river Stour in his native Suffolk.
proof before lettering
17.6 x 22.0 cm platemark; 28.0 x 39.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1949, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 1949–17 Feb 1950
Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995
Light from Shadow, the role of chiaroscuro in spatial imaging, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 22 Oct 2003–29 Nov 2003
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009
Referenced in 1 publication
Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, `English romanticism', pg. 3-4, Sydney, 1995, 3, 4 (illus.), 7.