Thursday - 11 February 2016

Galleries gain Freud's Constable

04 November 2013Written by ATG Reporter

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.

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