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Creator:
John Constable, 1776–1837
Title:
Hampstead Heath looking towards Harrow
Former Title(s):

Hampstead Heath at Sunset, looking towards Harrow

Hamstead Heath at sunset, Looking towards Harrow [1969, John Constable: a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, exhibition catalogue]

Hampstead Heath at Sunset , Looking Towards Harrow [1965, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, exhibition catalogue]
Date:
1821 to 1822
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions:
11 5/8 x 19 inches (29.5 x 48.3 cm), Frame: 15 3/4 × 23 × 1 3/4 inches (40 × 58.4 × 4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.141
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
blue | brown | clouds | figure | gray (color) | hill | landscape | man | orange | sun | trees
Associated Places:
England | Greater London | Hampstead | Harrow | United Kingdom
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:652
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Created by John Constable (1776-1837), the artist; possibly by descent to his daughter, Isabel Constable (1822-1888); possibly bequest to her niece, Ella Nafeeseh Mackinnon (née Constable, 1865-1934); acquired by Ernest Alfred Colquhoun (1852-1930) [1]; possibly by descent to his son Gideon Robert Ernest Colquhoun (1888-1951); by descent to his wife, Gwendoline Eoith Colquhoun (née Parker, born 1902) [2]; purchased at auction by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., at Sotheby’s, London, England, July 15, 1964 (lot 112, 'Hampstead Heath at Sunset looking toward Harrow') in "Fine English eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings" [a]; purchased by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), 1965 [b]; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, December 1981.[c]

Notes:
[1] Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams propose a provenance "presumably from Isabel Constable's heirs by gift or sale to Ernest Alfred Colquhoun; by descent to Mrs. G. Colquhoun," in Constable (London: Tate Gallery, 1991), 222, https://archive.org/details/constable0000parr/page/222. Graham Reynolds notes "many of the works bequeathed by Isabel Constable to her niece Ella" came into the possession of the attorney, actuary, and manager of an insurance company Ernest Alfred Colquhoun, in The later paintings and drawings of John Constable (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984), 1:25, https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/orbis:582470. Many of these were exhibited at Grosvenor Gallery in 1889, and/or sold anonymously by Colquhoun at Christie's in 1891. Parris suggests the YCBA's picture might have been cat no. 269 "Harrow from Hampstead Heath (Sunset)" at the Grosvenor show. See A Century of British Art, (London: Henry Good & Son, 1889), 106, https://hdl.handle.net/2027/gri.ark:/13960/t5v73275v?urlappend=%3Bseq=106. Reynolds does not invoke Isabel, Ella, or Ernest Alfred in his version of this provenance.

[2] This is the provenance mentioned by Graham Reynolds. Also Sotheby's sold the work as "The property of Mrs. G. Colquhoun." Working backwards reveals a Gwendoline Colquhoun was the second wife of Ernest Alfred's firstborn son Gideon Robert Ernest Colquhoun. Ernest Alfred died with effects totalling £89,786, so it is plausible the work passed by descent in the family. Probate went to Gideon and younger brother Edgar Edmund. Edmund's wife was an Elizabeth Makin, making Gideon and Gwendoline the likeliest inheritors.

Citations:
[a] Sotheby's. July 15, 1964. Fine English eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings. https://www.worldcat.org/title/171440830

[b] Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 109 (v.1), no. 22.42

[c] Ibid

Rachel Rose (Gladstone Gallery, 2022-01-14 - 2022-03-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Paul Mellon - A Cambridge Tribute (The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2007-06-12 - 2007-09-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable - Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky (National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, 2006-07-07 - 2006-10-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable - Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky (National Gallery of Australia, 2006-03-03 - 2006-06-12) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Masters of British Painting: John Constable (Musée du Louvre, 2002-10-08 - 2003-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable's Clouds (National Galleries of Scotland, - 2000-10-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable's Clouds (Walker Art Gallery, 2000-04-28 - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Gentle, Rural and Sublime - English Landscape Paintings and Watercolors, 1750-1850 (Denver Art Museum, 1993-12-11 - 1994-02-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Constable (Tate) (Tate Britain, 1991-06-13 - 1991-09-15) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Constable - A Selection of Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1969-04-30 - 1969-11-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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

Malcolm Cormack, Constable, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK & New York, NY, 1986, pp. 137, 139, pl. 138, NJ18 C74 C75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, pp. 118-19, no. 321, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Constable : a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 38-39, no. 36, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Lowell Libson Ltd : British Art : 2016, Lowell Libson Ltd., 2016, p. 87, Dealer Cat Lowell Libson 2016 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Edward. Morris, Constable's clouds : paintings and cloud studies by John Constable, , National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh & Liverpool, UK, 2000, p. 88, no. 59, NJ18 C74 C76 2000 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, pp. 27-28 [v.1], no. 87, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Leslie Parris, Constable, Tate Publishing, London, UK, 1991, pp. 222-23, No. 113, pl. 113, NJ18 C74 P372 1991 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Leslie Parris, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, Book Review , Burlington Magazine, vol. 127, March 1985, p. 168, N1 B87 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 109 (v.1), no. 22.42, pl. 360 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Duncan Robinson, Paul Mellon: a Cambridge tribute, , The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [England], 2007, p. 52, N5220 M552 P36 2007 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of fine English and eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings and paintings : 15 July 1964, Sotheby's, London, July 15, 1964, p. 37, lot. 112, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Basil Taylor, Constable : paintings, drawings and watercolours, , Phaidon, London, UK, 1973, p. 199, note 29, no. 89, NJ18 C74 T39 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 14-15 (v.1), no. 49, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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