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Provenance: (From William Weston catalogue) John Partridge (inscribed on the paper cover by John Constable); John F. Clarke; Sotheby’s, London, 1920’s; Willaim Weston Gallery, London;
Museum purchase, Joseph M. Bransten Fund
Album cover back and front in dark green cloth with gilt and morocco title label. Raised leaf pattern with flowers over entire cover. Maroon title label.
The album sheets have been removed and mounted, and include a set of the 22 plates, largely in their first published states, a title-page, introduction, list of the engravings, preliminary page, and original paper cover signed by John Constable and his friend John Partridge, who received this set of prints. They can all be found under the accession number 1981.1.72. The following text from the publication 'Treasures of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts' (1996):
"The Lucas mezzotints after Constable designs are truly collaborative prints. Constable and Lucas sent altered and retouched proofs back and forth in order to achieve atmospheric results in the prints. The Museums own the inscribed first set of the prints that was selected for Constable's friend, the portrait painter John Partridge (1790-1872). Eight of the twenty-two plates were scratched and/or touched up with white heightening by Constable and sixteen sheets were initialed in graphite by him".