Catalogue entry

N02658 A Bank on Hampstead Heath Circa 1820–22


Oil on canvas, 8 1/8×9 15/16 (20.6×25.3).

Inscribed on a label formerly on the back and now separately preserved: ‘On Hampstead Heath. by J. Constable RA. From Miss Isabel Constable to Clifford Constable’.
Prov: Given by Isabel Constable to her nephew Clifford Constable (see above) and sold by him, Christie's 23 June 1894 (49, ‘On Hampstead Heath’), bt. Tooth £53. 11s.;...; Alexander Young, from whom bought by Agnew's July 1906 and sold by them to George Salting July 1907;1 bequeathed by Salting to the National Gallery 1910; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1919. Accession No. 2658.
Exh: Agnew's 1910(116); Tate Gallery 1937(p.39, No.105); Constable and his Contemporaries, Burgh House, Well Walk, Hampstead 1951(11).
Lit: Holmes 1910, p.85; Shirley 1937, p.121; Chamot 1956, p.261; Beckett 1961, Paintings: Middlesex B(27) No.88; Hoozee 1979, No.527.

1. Records of Salting's dealings with Agnew's are still with the firm and I am grateful to William Joll for showing them to me.

2. Oil on paper, 9 3/4×11 3/4 (24.8×29.8).

A similar study of ‘A sandbank at Hampstead Heath’, dated 2 November 1821, is in the V.&A. (Fig. 1, R.228, H.320).2 No.21 probably also dates from the early 1820s.


Published in:
Leslie Parris, The Tate Gallery Constable Collection, London 1981