This large mezzotint reproduces a painting of the same title exhibited by Constable at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1826. Developed from an earlier oil sketch made from nature, the view depicts a bend in Fen Lane—a path often walked by the artist as a boy from his home in East Bergholt, Suffolk, to his school in Dedham. In the 1830s, Constable supervised Lucas in the production of mezzotints after forty of his works that he felt epitomized different aspects of the British countryside. One of Constable’s most popular paintings, The Cornfield was acquired by subscription from the artist’s estate and donated to the National Gallery, London.
"Acquisitions of the Princeton University Art Museum 2004," Record of the Princeton University Art Museum 64 (2005): p. 91-135.