formerly attributed to John Constable

The Downs

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Formerly attributed to John Constable 1776–1837
Graphite on paper
Support: 203 × 270 mm
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967

Catalogue entry

T00968 The Downs

Pencil, 8×10 5/8 (20.3×27).
Prov: ...; Herbert Powell (1863–1950); entrusted with the rest of his collection to the National Art-Collections Fund 1929; presented to the Tate Gallery by the N.A.-C.F. from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967. Accession No. T00968.
Exh: Tate Gallery 1930, with other works from the Powell Collection (no catalogue); the collection was extensively toured by the N.A.-C.F. 1931–62 (No.18 in catalogue published by the N.A.-C.F., n.d.).

It is not known how this drawing came to be attributed to Constable. Possibly a resemblance was seen to such drawings as ‘Weymouth Bay from the Downs’, now in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (TG 1976 No.148, Fleming-Williams 1976, Pl.20), but, if so, the connection is very superficial.

Published in:
Leslie Parris, The Tate Gallery Constable Collection, London 1981

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