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John Constable, 1776–1837

A View from Hampstead Heath (?)

Former Title(s):

The Thames Valley from Hampstead Heath [1984, Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, catalogue raisonné]

ca. 1825
Oil on canvas
10 1/8 × 14 inches (25.7 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brushstrokes | clouds | cows | field | landscape | meadow | pasture
Associated Places:
England | Greater London | Hampstead | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Created by John Constable (1775-1837), the artist; possibly by descent to his son, Charles Golding Constable (1821-1879); by descent to his grandson, Charles Eustace Constable (1874-1899), Invercargill, New Zealand [1]; purchased by Shepherd [2] at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, England, April 16, 1896 (lot 71, ‘A Landscape, with cow’), in “Works of the late John Constable” [a]; acquired by W. A. Kluger [3] [b]; acquired by Ronald Brymer Beckett (1891-1970), by 1956 [4]; purchased by John Baskett Ltd., London, England from Edward Speelman [5], December 1969; purchased by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), January 1970; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, December 1976.

[1] Exhibited by Charles Eustace Constable in 1896, according to the John Baskett Ltd. stock book notes in the YCBA archives.
[2] Probably Messrs. Shepherd Brothers.
[3] Unclear when W. A. Kluger owned this work as no reference was found for this person. Reynolds does not list a gap of ownership between Kluger and Beckett.
[4] Exhibited in Constable show, Manchester Art Gallery, 1956, catalog number 68.
[5] Most likely acting on behalf of Ronald Brymer Beckett. Per John Baskett Ltd. stock book notes in the YCBA archives.

[a] Christie, Manson & Woods. April 16, 1896. Works of the late John Constable, R.A. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/gri.ark:/13960/t2d87212q
[b] Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984), 1:165, no. 25.35, pl. 605. NJ18 C74 R485

Ronald Brymer Beckett, Correspondence: John Constable, v.4, 6, 8, 10-12, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1962, vol. VI, p. 81, NJ18 C74 A2 1962 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's Sale Catalogue : Important English Pictures : 21 June 1974, Christie's, June 21, 1974, p. 42, lot 115, Sales Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale catalogue : Works of the late John Constable, R. A. . . . from the collection of Eustace Constable, Esq. : 16 April 1896, Christie's, London, 16 April 1896, p. 6, lot 71, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=gri.ark:/13960/t2d87212q&view=1up&seq=3 Also available online at Art Sales Catalogues Online [Website]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 62-63, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 151, no. 661, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Constable, 1776-1837, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 1956, no. 68, Not at Yale

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 165 (v.1), no. 25.35, pl. 605 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Charles Rhyne, Constable Drawings and Watercolors in the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and the Yale Center for British Art, Part I. Authentic Works , Master Drawings, vol. 19, Master Drawings Association, Inc., 1981, p. 140, note 2, NC1 M37 19 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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