Previously unknown sketch by John Constable is 12.5 times the estimate

In London, the Roseberys sold a sketch of one of the greatest British landscape painters of the Romantic era, John Constable. About the picture was not known for 200 years. Now the unknown buyer paid £ 375,000 for the species, although his preliminary estimate did not exceed 30,000. The cardboard was discovered during the pre-sale valuation of the house that the artist rented for two summers in a row.The never-before-seen oil sketch dates from 1821 to 1822. It relates to two similar pictures that Constable wrote, then spending two summers in Hampstead. Both paintings subsequently belonged to his daughter. The current owners of the house had no idea what treasure they had kept since the 1950s, until it was noticed by auctioneers who had conducted a pre-sale valuation of housing.
For four months, the auction house verified the authenticity of a previously unpublished picture. The 18 by 14 cm cardboard is called “View from the back terrace of the house with an old tree” and is marked with the initials JC (John Constable).The view from the old tree from the rear terrace of the houseJohn Constable 1822, 18 × 14 cm The exact location of the view depicted on this fragment is unknown. It is believed that he was behind the house where the artist lived, or somewhere nearby. Probably, the sketch belonged to the daughter of landscape painter Isabel Constable, who was born in Hampstead in 1822. Later, she shared her collection of more than 30 pictures of her father between her beloved relatives and friends, and a part of them was transferred to the British nation.
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Ann Lilles, an expert on the work of Constable and a former curator of Tate Britain, confirmed that the piece found was very similar to two paintings that had previously belonged to Constable's daughter. The artist began to use cardboard in 1808, when he was sketching oil in Suffolk, Surrey and Midlands. He again turned to this material around 1821, when he was working outdoors in Hampstead. In those years, he rented a house at the address Lower Terrace, 2.

John Constable (1776 - 1837) was the son of a miller and began to make sketches of landscapes and scenes of rural life in his native Suffolk county before entering the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The artist had a house in the center of the British capital, but, starting in 1819, for seven years he and his family moved to Hampstead for the summer, which then was a spa resort near London, hoping to improve his wife's health. Since 1827, spouses with children resided in the village - in the house, which is now located on the Well-Walk street.
Left: John Constable, Self-Portrait (1804). National Portrait Gallery, London

Earlier in March 2018, it was reported that the real estate agency Savills offered this mansion for sale for £ 4 million (about $ 5.7 million). The house, designed and built at the beginning of the XIX century, since 1923 marked the Blue Plaque as an object of national heritage. Such a sign in the United Kingdom denotes places associated with a famous person, an event or a building that no longer exists, which had historical value. Read also: Rubens Castle is for sale in Belgium for 4 million eurosGateway John Constable 1824, 139.7 × 122 cm In 2012, Constable's Gateway canvas in the original frame was sold for £ 22.4 million ($ 35.2 million) to an anonymous bidder at Christie's in London. This has become an auction record for the artist's works. Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look on Instagram
Based on materials from the official website of the Roseberys auction house and the Daily Mail newspaper