Sir George Howland Beaumont, Bt

The River Stour at Dedham


View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Ink, watercolour and graphite on paper
Support: 165 x 225 mm
Purchased 1970

Catalogue entry

Sir George Beaumont, Bt 1753–1827

T01231 The river Stour at Dedham 1790

Inscribed ‘Dedham river’ in pencil t.r.
Pen and wash with traces of pencil, 6 9/16 x 8¿ (16.6 x 22.5).
Purchased from Sir George Howland Francis Beaumont, Bart. (Grant-in-Aid) 1970.

Coll: by descent from the artist to Sir George Howland Francis Beaumont, Bart.
Exh: Leicester Museum and Art Gallery 1938 (80).

On the back are faint traces of another pencil inscription, including a date. At the time of the 1938 exhibition this was read as ‘11th, 1790, Wednesday’, which would indicate August, since in 1790 the 11th fell on a Wednesday only in that month.

Sir George Beaumont frequently visited Dedham, where his mother lived, and it was on one such occasion, probably in 1795, that John Constable was introduced to him.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.