Rediscovered Constable Study at Sotheby's

November 22 2021

Image of Rediscovered Constable Study at Sotheby's

Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It seems that this season's Old Masters sales will truly be the battle of the Constables.

Now that Sotheby's have uploaded their full catalogue note for Constable's study for Glebe Farm, one is able to appreciate what an interesting rediscovery the picture is. The provenance is particularly curious and raises the question of how such a notable picture could have been forgotten within such a short period of time. Despite having been publicly exhibited and passed through the hands through the likes of Arthur Tooth & Sons, the painting had been sold in October last year as 'After Constable' in a regional auction house in the US.

Probably the artist’s studio sale, London, Fosters, 15–16 May 1838, lot 13 (one of two in the lot, together with a ‘Salisbury Cathedral’), to Carpenter; Probably William Hookham Carpenter (1792–1866);  Probably his sale, London, Christie’s, 16 February 1867, lot 79, to Joseph Hogarth for £91 (a high price, suggesting a study of some importance);  With Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, circa, 1917;  Edward William Edwards (1874–1956), Cincinnati, by 1922;  By descent to his grandson, Thomas Edwards Davidson (1928–1994);  Thence by descent until sold, Cincinnati, Cowan’s Auctions, 2 October 2020, lot 3 (as after John Constable), where acquired by the present owner.

Furthermore, the auction house have also uploaded a full technical analysis undertaken by Sarah Cove, an interesting text which is worth reading too.

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