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Constable, John, 1776-1837.

Letter to John Thomas Smith.

1797, between January 16 and March 23.
Physical Description:
1 item (1 p.) : ill. ; 28 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
ND497 C7 L47 1843+ Copy 2 Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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View the catalog record for the host volume, Memoirs of the life of John Constable.
Archives & Manuscripts
Written in pen and black ink.
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007).
Autograph letter, signed, from John Constable to John Thomas Smith. The letter is written on one side of one sheet, which has been inlaid to size and bound in a copy of Memoirs of the life of John Constable, by Charles Robert Leslie (London : James Carpenter, 1843). Undated, the letter was written in 1797, between January 16 and March 23.
John Constable first met the printmaker and draftsman John Thomas Smith in the summer of 1796. Smith had evidently given young Constable some instructions in a previous letter on the technique of etching. In the present manuscript letter, Constable writes: "I think you told me that you made your aqua fortis with spts of nitre with two parts water, I suppose you ment the acid spts. I bought some aqua fortis at a neighbouring town and believe have spoilt one plate with it not knowng what strength it was of." The letter ends, on the bottom half of the page, with a sketch (in pen and black ink) of the view looking northeast from one of the windows at the back of Constable's family home in East Bergholt, Suffolk.
Subject Terms:
Artists -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
Constable, John, 1776-1837 -- Correspondence.
Constable, John, 1776-1837 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- East Bergholt.
East Bergholt (England) -- In art.
Etching -- Technique.
Smith, John Thomas, 1766-1833 -- Correspondence.
Ink drawings.
IIIF Manifest:

John Constable, Letter to John Thomas Smith, 1797. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

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