Saturday, June 30, 2018

Constable at auction

Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale on 6 December 2017




 
John Constable ( 1776 - 1837 ) is one of Britain’s best - loved and most significant landscape painters. A key figure in the British Romantic movement of the early 19th century, Constable, together with J.M.W. Turner, changed the course of European landscape painting forever. This winter, Sotheby’s London will present a recently rediscovered landscape by the British artist which is without question one of the most exciting and important additions to Constable’s oeuvre to have emerged in the last fifty years. Painted between 1814 and 1817,
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Dedham Vale with the River Stour in Flood belongs to a small group of Constable’s early Suffolk paintings remaining in private hands. The work will be offered in Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening sale on 6 December, with an estimate of £2 - 3 million.

Julian Gascoigne, Senior Specialist, British Paintings at Sotheby’s said:


“Constable’s views of Dedham Vale and the Stour valley have become icons of British art and define for many everything that is quintessential a bout the English countryside. Dedham Vale with the River Stour in Flood was long mistakenly thought to be by Ramsay Richard Reinagle (1775 - 1862), a friend and contemporary of Constable’s, but recent scientific analysis and up - to - date connoisseurship has unanimously returned the work to its rightful place among the canon of the great master’s work and established beyond d oubt its true authorship . It is without question one of the most exciting and important additions to Constable’s oeuvre to have emerged in the last fifty years”. 

“Constable Country”


“ I should paint my own places best – Painting is but another word for feeling. I associate my 'careless boyhood' to all that lies on the banks of the Stour. They made me a painter...” John Constable
This rare masterpiece depicts the area of the Stour Valley around Dedham Vale, on the border between Suffolk and Essex where Constable spent his boyhood years and which has become synonymous with the great painter.

Famously known around the world today as 'Constable Country', the area has inspired the artist’s most famous paintings, from

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 The White Horse, 1819 (Frick Collection, New York) to


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The Haywain, 1821 (National Gallery, London)
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and The Leaping Horse, 1825 (Royal Academy, London).

 

The works belongs to a group of paintings similar in size and style that Constable painted between 1814 and 1817, all of which are views of the Stour Valley and the area surrounding East Bergholt. These works were painted partly on the spot and show the artist’s commitment to naturalism at its most faithful.

The Fitzhugh Commission


Whilst the painter’s later works tended to be purchased either by Constable’s great friend John Fisher or by patrons or dealers with metropolitan or international connections, the earlier Suffolk paintings tend to have closer associations with patrons or friends in the local area. This painting is thought to have been commissioned by Thomas Fitzhugh as a wedding present for his future wife, Philadelphia Godfrey, the daughter of Peter Godfrey who lived at Old Hall, East Bergholt and was a near neighbour and friend of the artist's family. The view is taken from the bottom of her parent’s garden, looking out over the valley with the river in flood, a symbol of fecundity, and was intended as a memento of her childhood home for her new married life in London.

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Among the highlight s in the sale are two recently rediscovered landscapes by John Constable (1776 – 1837). The first, Dedham Vale with the River Stour in Flood is one of the most exciting and important additions to the artist’s oeuvre to have emerged in the last 50 years. Painted between 1814 and 1817, the work belongs to a small group of Constable’s early Suffolk paintings remaining in private hands and will be offered with an estimate of £2 - 3 million.



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The second work by Constable is the first sketch for one of the artist ’s most celebrated paintings,  

 

The Opening of Waterloo Bridge, today in the collection of Tate Britain. Previously thought lost, the work, dating from circa 1819 – 20, depicts a rare view of London by the artist and presages Monet’s famous series of views of Waterloo Bridge created almost a century later (est. £1 - 1.5 million). 

Sotheby's Old Master & British Drawings

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John Constable, R.A.
VIEW OF THE CITY OF LONDON FROM SIR RICHARD STEELE'S COTTAGE, HAMPSTEAD

Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 794,500 GBP


Sotheby's

Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale


John Constable, R.A.
DEDHAM VALE, WITH A VIEW TO LANGHAM CHURCH FROM THE FIELDS JUST EAST OF VALE FARM, EAST BERGHOLT
Estimate
200,000300,000
GBP
Sotheby's Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale

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SALISBURY CATHEDRAL FROM THE MEADOWS
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 657,250 GBP

 Cristie's 2016
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John Constable, R.A. The full-scale six-foot sketch for View on the Stour Near Dedham


 Cristie's 2012

 

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‘The Lock’ by John Constable.