William George Jennings

Heath Scene with a Pond


Not on display
William George Jennings 1763–1854
Oil paint on paper
Support: 140 x 168 mm
frame: 296 x 316 x 26 mm
Purchased 1982

Catalogue entry


Not inscribed
Oil on newspaper, 5 7/8 × 6 1/4 (14.1 × 16.8)
Purchased from Abbott and Holder (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Prov: By descent from the artist to Karen Addenbrooke and sold on her behalf by the  Krios Gallery, December 1981, bt Abbott and Holder (List no.204, January 1982, no.21).
Exh: Krios Gallery 1981 (63).

This sketch is painted on a piece of newspaper, with the print left showing through the paint in places. Although the piece of paper used by Jennings is not dated, the back carries an extract from a report on debates in the House of Commons which can be identified as those held on 30 June and 1 July 1831. The actual newspaper has not been identified but it was clearly a weekly rather than a daily journal.

Jennings was a gentleman amateur who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1797 and 1806 and at the Society of British Artists in 1830. From at least 1826 he was a friend of John Constable and in the 1830s bought two paintings from him, a ‘Yarmouth Jetty’ and ‘Hampstead Heath with a Rainbow’. The latter, painted for Jennings in 1836, is now in the Tate Gallery (N01275; L. Parris, The Tate Gallery Constable Collection, 1981, no.42, repr.in colour). Like Constable, Jennings had a particular attachment to Hampstead Heath. A large collection of his oil sketches and watercolours discovered by his descendant Karen Addenbrooke in 1981 included many representations of the area, some dated 1828, 1831, 1833 and 1834. T03349, which comes from this cache, appears to be an imaginary landscape loosely based on the scenery of Hampstead Heath. The pond may be intended for Branch Hill Pond, frequently painted by Constable, whose very last depiction of it was to be in the ‘Hampstead Heath with a Rainbow’ Jennings acquired in 1836.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984


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