Lot 130
  • 130

John Constable R.A.

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  • John Constable

  • Pencil


The Constable Family;
Sir Bruce Ingram O.B.E., M.C., F.S.A. (L.1405a),
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 17 March 1965, lot 771, bought by Dr. William Katz


Probably, London, P. and D. Colnaghi, Masters of Maritime Art, A Loan Exhibition of Drawings from the Collection of Captain Bruce S. Ingram O.B.E., F.S.A., 1936


C. King, 'Marine Drawings in the Bruce Ingram Collection – Part I: British and Dutch Art', The Connoisseur Magazine, August 1937, p. 76, no. IX;
G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, London 1984, p. 144, no. 24.49, pl. 520

Catalogue Note

The present drawing is one of a series of Brighton views by Constable dating from the summer and autumn of 1824.  In May of that year Constable took his wife and children to the popular Sussex coastal resort, having been advised that the air there would be good for their health.  Finding lodgings in Western Place on the outskirts of town, Constable stayed for six days before returning to London.  He travelled again to Brighton for a week in June, before settling in the resort for a period of three months, between July and October.  Although he was not enamoured of the town itself, describing it in a letter to his friend John Fisher as 'receptable [sic] of the fashion and off-scouring of London,'1 he found other aspects of the surrounding landscape agreeable.  Indeed during his stay he executed 'a considerable number of oil sketches and drawings, concentrating on the life of the beach, the shipping and the atmospheric effects of the sea.'2

1.  Ed. R.B. Beckett, John Constable's Correspondence, Ipswich 1968, vol. V, p. 171
2.  G. Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, London 1987, p. 154