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Constable was a native of Suffolk, the county just north of Essex. His deep, consuming attachment to the landscape of this rural area is a constant factor in his works. His studies and sketchbooks reveal his complete absorption in the pictorial elements of his native countryside: the movement of cloud masses, the feel of the lowlands crossed by rivers and streams, and the dramatic play of light over all. The commission for this painting came from Major General Francis Slater—Rebow, owner of Wivenhoe Park, who had been a close friend of Constable's father and was the artist's first important patron.
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This was not the first work Constable had done for the Rebows; in he had painted a full—length portrait of the couple's daughter, then aged seven. She can be seen in this painting riding in a donkey cart at the left. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. She was married twice, first to Sir Thomas Ormsby d. The painting was likely sold before, or around, , when he sold the house and park, as well as many of the other works of art owned by the family. British and Modern French Schools , privately printed, Philadelphia, unpaginated, is given as in notes written by Edith Standen, the Widener curator, in NGA curatorial files.
The medium-weight canvas is plain woven. It was added to by the artist on either side; the additional pieces are The ground layer visible, a light warm brown, may be an imprimatura over a lighter ground. The painting is executed fluidly and fairly thickly with generally small brushstrokes, the highlights in low impasto. There are minor scattered paint losses.
The painting was restored and revarnished with a synthetic resin in Enter your search terms. Admission is always free Directions Open today: to Widener Collection Overview A pleasant sense of ease and harmony pervades this landscape of almost photographic clarity. Widener, Peter Arrell Brown. Technical Summary The medium-weight canvas is plain woven. Bibliography Roberts, William.