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The Glebe Farm

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The Glebe Farm

After: John Constable (British, 1776 - 1837)

Engraver: David Lucas (British, 1802 - 1881)

Date: 1832
Medium: Mezzotint on paper
Overall: 9 15/16 x 14in. (25.2 x 35.6cm)
Image: 5 3/4 x 8 13/16in. (14.6 x 22.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.140
Label Text
Constable was one of England's greatest Romantic landscape painters. Towards the end of his career he undertook an ambitious project with the engraver David Lucas to produce a series of mezzotint prints after his own paintings. This venture, titled, "Various Subjects of Landscape Characteristic of English Scenery" occupied the last seven years of his life and was at least partially inspired by a similar suite of prints that his rival, the English landscape painter J.M.W Turner produced several decades earlier. Constable's use of the mezzotint medium was a happy choice in that the remarkably subtle range of tones Lucas produced in mezzotint fairly approximated the atmospheric qualities of Constable's paintings. He called this aspect of his paintings "the chiar'scuro of Nature." All the prints in Constable's series are freighted with important personal associations. The subject of this print, for example--a farm that yielded income for a clergyman of the Church of England--depicts the site where Constable met one of his most important patrons, Dr. John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury. Constable referred to this as an event that "entirely influenced his future life."

February 2005
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