T01497 Wooded Landscape with a Church Tower
Black and white chalk on blue paper, 6 7/8×8 5/8 (17.5×21.9).
Inscribed, presumably by the artist, ‘John Constable’ bottom right. Collector's mark: ‘SCIPIO’ (Henry Scipio Reitlinger) bottom right.
Prov: ...; Henry Scipio Reitlinger, sold Sotheby's 26 May 1954(438), bt. R.B. Beckett; purchased by the Tate Gallery from his widow Norah Beckett, 1971. Accession No. T01497.
Exh: Manchester 1956(86); Tate Gallery 1971(56).
This may be a copy by Constable of a drawing by Gainsborough, or perhaps an essay by him in Gainsborough's style. If the former is the case, the Gainsborough original has yet to be found, though Constable's drawing does bear some resemblance to ‘Wooded Landscape with Sheep and Church Tower’ formerly in the Hetherington Collection (Fig.1)…