Yale Center for British Art

John Constable, 1776–1837, British
A Recollection of the New R.A.
Materials & Techniques:
Pen and brown ink on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 13 3/8 x 10 inches (34 x 25.4 cm)
Inscribed in artist's hand in pen and brown ink, upper left to upper right: "Barracks | Castle St. | St. Martin's Workhouse | Court | St. Martin's Lane"; center left to center right: "National Gallery | Sculpture Room of the R. Academy | Hall of National Gallery | Hall of the Academy | Watercolour & Miniature [...] | Ante Room | Architecture | School of Painting | Great Room"; lower left to lower right: "Pall Mall East | A Recollection of the New RA. | 28 March 1837 | John Constable | Trafalgar Square | Passage into Castle St. | St. Martin's Church" Inscribed on mount by Alfred Tidey in pen and brown ink: "I called on Constable on March 28th 1837. He was | there working on his 'Arundel Castle,' and | seemed well satisfied with the results - of | his labours. He said while giving a touch | here and there with his Palette knife, and | retiring to see the effect, 'it is neither too | warm, nor too cold. Too light nor too dark | and this constitutes every thing in a Picture.' | I dined with him, and in the Evening on my | asking him about the then new R.A. he took a pen | and sketched the above plan, signed and | gave it me. | He died on the 31st three days after. See the life | page 113 | A. T. Dec 8th 1888"; inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right: "M.50 | 22 x 16 | Mount open with letter | plain blue over mount"
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
genre subject | map
Associated Places:
Europe | England | United Kingdom | London | Royal Academy
Currently On View:
Not on view
Robin Simon, Royal Academy of Arts: History and Collections, New Haven, p. 39, fig. 31, N1100 A869 2018 (LC) Oversize (YCBA)