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    Sale 7635

    British Art on Paper

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837)

    A landscape with buildings and a tower seen over water

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837)
    A landscape with buildings and a tower seen over water
    indistinctly dated '5th Oct. 1820.' (upper left)
    pencil
    3½ x 4½ in. (8.9 x 11 cm.)


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    Although the location of the church in the present drawing is unknown, Graham Reynolds (op. cit.) has suggested that it may be in North London. Constable dated many of his sketches and it has therefore been possible to associate the present drawing with two others: one, of Hampstead, dated 2 October and another, of Hendon, dated 8 October. The sketch was executed at a time when Constable was engaged in preparing some of his famous works in oil: a family summer holiday in Salisbury provided him with the opportunity to make many studies of the Cathedral and nearby sites such as Old Sarum, and as the year drew to its close he embarked on painting The Hay Wain (National Gallery, London).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1971, lot 50.
    with William Darby, 1972.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 July 1989, lot 120.


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Literature

    G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, New Haven and London, 1984, p. 61, no. 20.75, pl. 191.


    Exhibited

    London, William Darby Gallery, Exhibition of Drawings by John Constable, RA, May 1972, no. 11.