For four months, the auction house verified the authenticity of a previously unpublished picture.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
Based on materials from the official website of the Roseberys auction house and the Daily Mail newspaper