John ConstableSelf-Portrait 1806

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Artist
John Constable (1776‑1837)
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1806
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 190 x 145 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03899
On loan to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales (Cardiff, UK)

Summary

This pencil sketch is Constable's earliest dated drawing from 1806, the year of his most prolific output, and one in which he appears to have worked predominantly in pencil and watercolour. That year he made numerous sketchbook drawings of young women and other members of households in which he stayed at Ipswich, Tottenham and Epsom between June and August. In September and October he made a seven week tour of the Lake District, executing a major series of drawings and watercolours. While in the Lake District he stayed part of the time with the Hardens, Mrs Harden describing him as 'a genteel handsome youth' (in D. Foskett, ed., John Harden of Brathay Hall 1772-1847, Kendal 1974, p.29). Some months later, Mrs Fisher, wife of the Bishop of Salisbury, described Constable's countenance as 'like one of the young figures in the works of Raphael ..… (read more)

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