N05966 Mrs James Andrew 1818
Oil on canvas, 30 1/2×25 3/8 (77.5×64.5).
Inscribed on a label on the stretcher: ‘Jane Fallding Andrew by. John Constable R.A. Novr. 1818.’
Prov: as for No.15. Accession N05966.
Lit: Shirley 1937, p.100; Chamot 1956, p.261; Beckett 1961, Paintings: Misc. VII(3) No.2; Hoozee 1979, No.249.
This is the companion portrait to No.15. Jane Andrew, née Falding or Fallding, is said to have come from a Yorkshire family1 but so far nothing else has been discovered about her.
Constable devoted a good deal of time to portraiture in 1818. Among his other sitters that year were Dr Walker (Private Collection, TG 1976 No.157, H.245), Mrs Pulham (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, TG 1976 No.158, H.250), Dr Wingfield (two portraits, H.243–4) and perhaps Mrs Tuder (H.246) and Mrs Edwards (H.247). 1819 saw some improvement in the Constables’ finances, Maria benefiting under the will of her repentant grandfather, Dr Rhudde, and Constable receiving part of the proceeds of the sale of East Bergholt House. Although he accepted portrait commissions in later years, Constable never needed to take on so many as he had in 1818.
1. According to the letter cited in note 2 to No.15 above.
Leslie Parris, The Tate Gallery Constable Collection, London 1981