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This painting was made shortly after Constable had settled permanently in Hampstead with his family. The area attracted him as an artist, and he made numerous oil sketches of trees seen against the sky, as well as studies of cloud formations. There are some weak passages of drawing in the trees in this work, and the hesitant, spidery writing of the inscription is not altogether convincing. However, there do not appear to be sufficient grounds for seriously doubting the attribution of the work to Constable.

May 2007