T01240 The Leaping Horse
Oil on panel, 6 13/16×9 (17×22.8).
Prov: ...; G.B. Homewood, from whom bought by Colnaghi's 1934; E.J. Blaiberg by 1937 (when lent to the Tate Gallery) and bequeathed by him to the Tate Gallery 1970. Accession No T01240.
Exh: Tate Gallery 1937 (not in catalogue); Tate Gallery 1971(101).
Lit: Shirley 1937, p.181; Hoozee 1979, No.450 (queried).
Although acquired as a preliminary study for ‘The Leaping Horse’ of 1825 (Royal Academy of Arts, London, TG 1976 No.238, H.452), No.46 now seems more likely to be a copy by a later hand of Constable's full-size sketch for the work (Fig.1, V.&A., R.286, TG 1976 No.236, H.451).1 It is difficult to believe that Constable was responsible for the unstructured tree mass at the left, the ill-defined foreground area, the crudely repeated diagonal accents or the dull colour and handling, which suggest little pleasure in the act of painting. Nos.24 and (on a larger scale) 36 above are studio sketches of the sort No.46 purports to be and they reveal none of these inadequacies…