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An Old Bridge at Salisbury

A work made of etching on ivory china paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory china paper, laid down on off-white wove paper.


c. 1826


John Constable
English, 1776-1837

About this artwork

This unusual etching is one of only four prints that John Constable himself produced. All of these prints date to around 1826, about six years before Constable began to work closely with the printmaker David Lucas on a lush series of mezzotints reproducing some of his naturalistic landscape paintings. This etching retains the artist’s lively drawing style and also recalls his interest in earlier works by Dutch Baroque landscape etchers. He is in fact said to have owned several thousand prints by earlier European artists and to have consulted them for inspiration. He designed this print after a 14th-century bridge a mile outside Salisbury, England.


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John Constable


An Old Bridge at Salisbury


England (Artist's nationality)




Etching on ivory China paper, laid down on off-white wove paper


Plate: 11.6 × 18 cm (4 5/8 × 7 1/8 in.); Chine: 12.8 × 18.5 cm (5 1/16 × 7 5/16 in.); Sheet: 30.5 × 44.7 cm (12 1/16 × 17 5/8 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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