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Like ‘Near Stoke-by-Nayland’ (also on display), this work was thought until the 1970s to be by Constable who visited the Lake District in 1806. It is now thought to be by Lionel, Constable’s son, who may have gone there in 1851 on his way to or from Scotland. The purple tones on the hills and in the sky are untypical of John Constable but are found in a number of paintings by Lionel. The rediscovery of paintings by Lionel, in particular, have led to doubts over the authenticity of other Lakeland subjects by Constable.

May 2007