One of my favorite patterns depicting these scenic views is by Grindley, an English pottery company founded by William Harry Grindley at the Newfield Pottery, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent in 1880. The pattern is entitled 'Scenes After Constable" showcasing an array of John Contable's romantic landscapes. Grindley continued operation through 1991. The company produced many wares, in particular for the markets of Canada, the United States, South America and Australia.
As a young boy, John Constable developed a unique style combining objective studies of nature with a deep, personal vision of the countryside around his home. Most landscapists of the day traveled in search of picturesque or sublime scenery, but Constable never left England. His name is so closely associated with his native Stour Valley that the area is sometimes referred to as "Constable country." He is known as one of the greatest British landscape artists of all time, although during his life his paintings were considered unfashionable and he gained little recognition.
1827 was the year that John Constable began working on a project which would consume his attention and time, until his death seven years later. This project was the publication of prints based on a series of his paintings. The painter closely collaborated with David Lucas, an engraver, to create prints that would adequately communicate the didactic intentions of Constable: to illustrate the "chiaroscuro of nature." Mezzotint, a medium employed to develop from dark to light using an array of velvet like tones, was perfectly suited for this project. The bright sunshine of a summer morning illuminates a textured landscape, variegated in light and shade.
Made by David Lucas (British, 1802–1881); Designed by John Constable (British, 1776–1837)
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