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A Cottage in a Cornfield

CONSTABLE, John (1776 - 1837)

A Cottage in a Cornfield

Date: 1817

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 31.5 x 26.3 cm

Acquired: 1978; Purchase; with assistance of the Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 486

Constable studied at the Royal Academy Schools and developed a remarkably spontaneous technique. Together with J.M.W.Turner, he was a key figure in British landscape painting. This small but intense picture of a cottage near the artist's birthplace of East Bergholt in Suffolk derives from a sketch of 1815. Exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution in 1817-1818, Constable sold it to W.Venables, later Lord Mayor of London, for 20 guineas in 1818.

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