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Scenes After Constable Green Purple Two Color English Transferware Plate A Cottage In A Cornfield John Constable
GREEN & PURPLE TRANSFER WARE SAUCER PLATE
OFFERING ONE OF THE LARGEST TRANSFERWARE COLLECTIONS ON THE WEB!
For consideration is this hard to find, two color transferware saucer plate by Grindley of England. Taken from John Constables painting "A Cottage in a Cornfield" from the Scenes After Constable series. It has a beautiful embossed border, is done in a two color transfer and hand painted. A green border frames the face which is purple and then hand painted in shades of pink, green and yellow. It is simply stunning!
Very hard to find this colorway!
Measures just under 6"
Condition: One small chip on the back that doesn't show from the front / top. Minor hairline and a little roughness around the edge. Glaze has darkened to a creamy color givng a nice patina.
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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