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FS28: Two Day Fine Art Sale

John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with Horses

Auction Lot FS28/409

John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.

John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with Horses (FS28/409) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 6th October 2015 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.


Literature. Carlos Peacock the Man and His Work, 1965, Plate 34 Charles Rhyne Fresh Light on John Constable - Apollo Magazine 1968, p230, note 7 Robert Hoozee L'Opera Completa di Constable 1979, No 111 Graham Reynolds the early Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, 1996, 10.6. plate 839 (Yale Catalogue Raisonne). The sketch, Ponies and Donkey in a woodland clearing, is recorded by Graham Reynolds as 'Landscape with horses' in the Yale Catalogue Raisonne with a date of 1810 the date, Oct. 8th 1810, was noted on an old label,(now believed lost) by Lionel Bicknell Constable (Constable's son) who presumably copied this from an original inscription by Constable on the back of the sketch, but was then covered, some years later, possibly when conserved by William Down Ltd., in 1965, with a lining. Reynolds notes that Constable was in Suffolk on October 8th 1810. Reynolds also informs us (on page 128 of the same book) that this is one of three dated, plein-air landscapes made in Suffolk that year (the other two are 10.4 and 10.5, dated 27th Sept. and 30th Sept. respectively). This sketch is close in handling to the other two sketches painted that year. We suspect this sketch was painted by Constable on one of the lanes in and around East Bergholt. However it does have certain compositional similarities with two other oil sketches Constable made circa 1810in the nearby village of Stoke by Nayland (Reynolds 11.44 and 11.45). So it is just possible this subject also depicts Stoke by Nayland though, if so, perhaps odd that Constable should omit the church with its tall tower on the left hand side. Acknowledgements. We are most grateful to Anne Lyles for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.


Collection Of Lionel Constable. [ Probably] Sir Robert And Lady Borwick (Eden Lacy House And 16, Berkeley Square London). [Probably] Lady Caroline Borwick, Circa 1922-1936.(Crabbe House, Ilmington, Warwickshire). John Woodman Esq., Until 1959. William Drown [Bond Street] Ltd., 1965 Conservators. Mrs Irene Woodman Until 1981. Thence By Family Descent.

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Sale Information

FS28: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Wednesday, 7th October 2015

Okehampton Street, Exeter

This lot will be sold after 2:30pm on Tuesday, 6th October 2015 as part of the Pictures section of the sale.


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