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Constable drawings emerge at Cambridge sale

20 February 2014Written by Alex Capon

This pencil drawing by John Constable inscribed ‘Binfiled Decr. 6th 1816’ is believed to have made when the artist was staying in Binfield in Berkshire whilst returning from his honeymoon in Dorset with his wife Maria.

The scene of a horse at rest beside a plough is estimated at £6000-8000 and is one of seven Constable drawings which will be offered at Cheffins of Cambridge on March 5-6. It was originally made in a small pocket sized sketchbook which has long been broken up.

The collection, which also includes a further sketch by the artist's son Lionel Constable, has been consigned by a vendor whose father purchased the group for £500 from London fine art dealers Leggatt Brothers in 1952. The dealers handled a large quantity of Constable's oil sketches, watercolours and pencil drawings in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The drawings have been authenticated by Anne Lyles, an authority on the work of John Constable who has also written part of the catalogue introduction at Cheffins.

The other drawings include scenes from East Anglia such as the River Meadows around East Bergholt and the footbridge at Flatford.

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