T01258 ‘Near Stoke-by-Nayland’ Circa 1850
Pencil, 4 1/2×6 3/8 (11.6×17.4).
Prov: one of a group of works sold by Ella Constable (Mrs Mackinnon) through Leggatt's in the 1890s to Sir Henry Newson-Smith, Bart.;1 his son, Sir Frank Newson-Smith, Bart., sold Christie's 26 January 1951 (14, with two others: No.51 above and ‘Portland Harbour’), bt. R.B.Beckett; purchased by the Tate Gallery from Mrs Norah Beckett 1970. Accession No. T01258.
Exh: Tate Gallery 1971 (94).
Lit: Beckett 1961, Drawings: Unidentified (16) No.70; Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, ‘Which Constable?’, The Burlington Magazine, CXX, 1978, pp.566–79.
Verso: sketch of a tree
As with No.53, the attribution of this drawing was changed in 1978 following the publication of the article in the The Burlington Magazine cited above. Although the influence of John Constable's mature drawing style is very evident, the pencil work here is hesitant and it lacks those tonal nuances by which John was able to suggest form and colour. Comparable drawings made by Lionel Constable in 1847 (Fig…