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John Constable, 1776–1837


Former Title(s):

A Bank with Undergrowth [1984, Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, catalogue raisonné]

ca. 1815
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on paper on board
6 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (16.5 x 29.2 cm), Frame: 9 1/4 × 14 1/4 inches (23.5 × 36.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
botany | brown | green (color) | motion | plants | science | study (visual work) | white
Associated Places:
England | Greater London | Hampstead | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Created by John Constable (1776-1837), the artist; . . . ; acquired by Camille Groult (1832-1908), Paris [1]; by descent to his son, Jean Groult (1868-1951), Paris [2]; by descent to his son, Pierre Bordeaux-Groult (1916-2007), Paris [3]; privately purchased by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), 1965; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, 1981. [a]


[1] French art collector and heir to a flour-milling family. Began collecting English paintings ca. 1890 from dealers in London, such as Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell. See Grove Art Online, "Groult, Camille," by Stephane Loire, https://doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T035112; and "La Collection Groult," L'Illustration 66, no. 3386 (1908): 49-56, https://hdl.handle.net/2027/ucbk.ark:/28722/h2dg8q?urlappend=%3Bseq=59

[2] No Constable paintings were sold in the anonymous Camille Groult sale of 1920, suggesting they remained in Jean Groult's collection until his death. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k320715g

[3] No Constable paintings are invoked in Jean Groult's 1952 sale, suggesting they remained in the family until Paul Mellon's purchase in 1965. https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000289429


[a] Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984), 1:86, no. 21.68, https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/orbis:582470

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26) [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]

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]

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]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 153, no. 698, 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. 60-61, no. 64, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 86, no. 21.68, pl. 270, NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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