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Black Transferware English Tea Cup & Saucer Scenes After Constable Cottage Windmill Dedham Mill John Constable Painting

$24.99

Brand Grindley

BLACK TRANSFER WARE TEACUP & SAUCER PLATE

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For consideration is this hard to find, black and cream transferware tea cup and saucer set by Grindley of England. The saucer scene is taken from John Constables 1820 painting "Dedham Mill at Essex" from the Scenes After Constable series. The cup depicts Canal Banks at Newbury on one side and a Windmill on the opposite. The saucer is embossed around the rim as is the handle of the cup.


Measures Saucer is 5 3/4" Cup is appx 41/2" handle to rim x 2 1/2" tall

Condition: No chips or cracks, some crazing.

John Constable's father was a wealthy Suffolk miller. Constable's truthfulness to nature and devotion to his native scene have passed into legend. Less widely known, however, is his biographer's report that it was seeing Claude's Hagar and the Angel (now in the National Galleery, London) and watercolours by Girtin which first provided him with 'pictures that he could rely on as guides to the study of nature'. Ruisdael, Rubens, Wilson and Annibale Carracci were among other 'reliable guides' whose work he copied as a young man. He also learned from contemporary painters, never forgetting the advice given him by Benjamin West, the President of the Royal Academy: 'Always remember, sir, that light and shadow never stand still...in your skies... always aim at brightness...even in the darkest effects...your darks should look like the darks of silver, not of lead or of slate.'

Constable's youthful exclamation, 'There is room enough for a natural painture [i.e. style of painting]', must be understood not as the outpouring of a 'natural painter' but as the proclamation of an aspiring student struggling for proficiency in the language of art, which shaped his deepest feelings before he could give expression to them.

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