|David Lucas after Aert van Neer
|[London, c. 1829]
|Image 79 x 114 mm, Sheet 94 x 132 mm
A fine miniature mezzotint of a moonlit river scene with two barges on the water, one pulling a smaller boat along, as well as a man mooring his boat on the foreground, and sailing ships and a windmill in the distance.
Faintly printed "Liede." below image and inscription written in pencil, below image: "Pure mezzotint".
David Lucas (1802-1881) was a British printmaker who specialised in mezzotint. He was a pupil of Samuel William Reynolds, and worked from Bryanston Square, London, upon the completion of his education. He produced prints after Gainsborough, Vernet, Isabey and Hoppner amongst others, but it was his works after Constable that earned him true renown. The collaboration between the pair was one of the most successful in the history of British printmaking. Whilst Turner amassed a group of faithful engravers to whom he would turn, Constable virtually employed only Lucas, and this fidelity was repaid by the stunning translation his work received from 1829, until long after his death in 1837.
Aert van Neer or Arnout (c.1603-1677) was a Dutch landscape painter, known for his nocturnal views of rivers, as well as landscapes during winter and snowstorms. His compositions often have an elevated perspective and include narrow paths or scenes in the background. His sons Johannes and Eglon Hendrick van der Neer also became painters.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark and tipped unto album page.