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

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

A study of Burdock

inscribed on the reverse 'Sketch by John Constable R.A.. Bought at Christie's at the sale of Isabella Constable Thomas Barratt';

canvas laid down on panel

7¼ x 10¾in. (18.5 x 27cm.)
Isabel Constable; Christie's, 17 June 1892 (lot unknown)
Thomas J. Barratt
Baron Kojiro Matsukata (1865-1950) (probably acquired circa 1914)
G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, 1984, Text, p. 194, no. 28.20, Plates, no. 697

Lot Essay

This study may be related to sketches of docks and grasses made at Brighton in July 1828, now in the British Museum (see Reynolds, op. cit., nos. 28.14, 28.15 and 28.16); an earlier date of 1810-12 has also been suggested because of the background colouring.
Thomas Barratt was a director of A.F. Pears, the soap manufacturers, and had an important collection of paintings, including Millais' Bubbles, used in the firm's famous advertisement.

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