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A Stand of Elm Trees (recto); A Study of East Bergholt with the Church (verso)

A work made of recto: black chalk on pale gray laid paper, verso: graphite on pale gray laid paper.
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  • A work made of recto: black chalk on pale gray laid paper, verso: graphite on pale gray laid paper.

Date:

c. 1802

Artist:

John Constable
English, 1776-1837

About this artwork

In a time when landscape painting enjoyed unprecedented popularity in England, John Constable secured a place as a leading artist in the genre. This exploratory sketch by Constable is one of his earliest and largest studies of trees and was probably drawn in Dedham Vale, the area of rolling hills and woods surrounding his home on the border of Essex and Suffolk. Hallmarks of Constable’s technique can be observed here, especially the indistinct description of foliage contrasted with sharply delineated trunks and branches. When viewing one of Constable’s studies of trees, William Blake stated, “Why, this is no drawing, but inspiration.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Constable

Title

A Stand of Elm Trees (recto); A Study of East Bergholt with the Church (verso)

Origin

England

Date

1797–1807

Medium

recto: black chalk on pale gray laid paper, verso: graphite on pale gray laid paper

Dimensions

520 × 446 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.914

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