This John Constable (1776-1837) portrait has been acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland from the estate of the artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
Portrait of Laura Moubray, an early
work by Constable, has a Scottish connection through the sitter's
husband, Robert Moubray of Cockairny and Otterston (1774-1848), the
Deputy Lieutenant of Fifeshire.
Constable is believed to have painted only around 100 portraits
during his early career, of which about 50 survive.
The painting complements the Galleries' existing holdings of the
artist's work: the major landscape The Vale of
Dedham (1828) and the small sketch On the
Stour (1830), both on view in Edinburgh.