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John Constable, 1776–1837

Extensive Landscape with Grey Clouds

Former Title(s):

Study of clouds over a wide landscape

Study of Clouds over a Wide landscape

ca. 1821
Oil on paper on panel
7 5/8 x 11 inches (19.4 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
clouds | contrast | fields | landscape | meteorology | science | sunlight
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Created by John Constable (1776-1837), the artist; … ; acquired by Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943) by January 1934 [1]; by descent to his son, Michael Sadleir (1888-1957); purchased at auction by Muriel Thetis Warde (1875-1964), Cannon Hall, Cannon Place, Hampstead, at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, England, November 18, 1960 (lot 89, 'An Open Landscape with Clouds'), in "English pictures and drawings" [2] [a]; purchased at auction by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. at Christie, Manson & Woods, April 2, 1965 (lot 15, 'An extensive Landscape, with grey clouds and blue sky'), in "English pictures and drawings" [b]; purchased by John Baskett (1930-) for Paul Mellon (1907-1999), October 1971; by whom given to Yale Center for British Art, December 1981.

[1] When he exhibited it until March 1934 as cat. no. 14 "At Hampstead - Stormy Weather" per Catalogue of an exhibition of English paintings and drawings, circa 1780-1830 (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1933), 2, https://www.worldcat.org/title/1001126575.

[2] Sold then by "Mrs. Michael Sadler," i.e., Edith (Betty) Sadleir (née Tupper-Carey). Sir Sadler's second wife died in 1940, supporting the hypothesis this is his son Michael's spouse.

[a] Christie, Manson & Woods. November 18, 1960. English pictures and drawings, 1700-1950. https://worldcat.org/en/title/171337420

[b] Christie, Manson & Woods. April 2, 1965. English pictures and drawings. https://worldcat.org/en/title/171328404

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, p. 60-61, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Charlotte Gould, British art and the environment : changes, challenges, and responses since the Industrial Revolution, New York, p. 173, fig. 10.2, N8217.E28 B75 2022 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Matthew Hargraves, "Yale Center for British Art joins Art UK", ArtUK, 24 June 2019, Available online https://artuk.org/discover/stories/yale-center-for-british-art-joins-art-uk [Website]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 150, no. 645, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 112 (v.1), no. 22.62, pl. 384 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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