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ID number:  BIRBI-40.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Imitator of Constable, John (1776-1837)
Title / Object name:  The Glebe Farm
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  British
Date made:  mid 19th century
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  99 x 124.5 cm unframed; 135.5 x 158.5 x 11 framed
Provenance:  Supposedly purchased from Constable by Mr Edwards, picture-delaer of Gerard Street, Soho; sold to Mr Read, from whom it was re-purchased by his son, William Edwards; purchased by Thomas Woolner, R.A. and passed to his daughter, Miss Amy Woolner; sold at Sotheby's, 12 March 1913 (lot 96); purchased by Mr Spencer, whose widow later sold it to D. Dudley Wallis; purchased from Dudley Wallis, September 1940

This was bought as a major work by Constable, one of a number of views of the glebe farm near Langham church, Essex. However, the colouring and brushwork do not match any of Constable’s works and it is now clear that it was painted by a later artist. He or she took as their starting point a mezzotint published in English Landscape Scenery. This was made by David Lucas after Constable’s painting, now in the Tate collection. The work therefore probably dates from the middle of the 19th century when Constable’s posthumous reputation was growing.

Notes:  Exhibited: , International Exhibition, 1886 (1445); Grosvenor Gallery, 1887-8 (46); Glasgow, International Exhibition, 188 (87).

1 Related People

Constable, John

1 Related Publications

L'opera completa di John Constable
Hoozee, R

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