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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.

Comments(6)

Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
20 February 2018, 09:41
Hi there Grace

Thanks for your comment. Your local auction house will be best placed to give you advice about the valuation of a painting.

Best wishes

Sara
Digital Team
Grace Hughes
19 February 2018, 20:11
Hi ...i acquired one of these paintings that had been handed down through the family for a few generations. How do we find out what it is worth? Thank you.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
19 April 2016, 14:21

Hi there June

I'm so glad you enjoyed the exhibition in Princeton. The paintings will now be cleaned up and conserved - some will go back on display, and others will have a rest in storage to recover from their long journey!

If you are interested, we have a print on demand service which makes fine canvas and paper prints - it's as close as you can get to the real thing in your living room. You'll find this painting, and many more landscapes from the exhibition, available at our Print on Demand Shop.

Thanks for your comment,

Sara
Digital Team

June Arcamone
16 April 2016, 13:51
Recently my husband and I went to the Princeton Art Museum to view the Welsh collection of British Landscapes.

I was very drawn to the Constable painting of the cottage. my eye was drawn to the five bar gate and then upwards to the cottage . the field between bathed in a glorious soft gold light. A charming composition that I had not seen before. Thank you for loaning this collection to Princeton.

Sincerely June and Dante Arcamone
Amgueddfa Cymru
15 May 2015, 09:42

Dear Judith,
Thank you for your comment, although we can provide opinions on works of fine and applied art by appointment, we can not unfortunately offer a valuation service. We suggest you contact a reputable dealer.

Judith Graddy
13 May 2015, 20:02
I acquired one of these paintings that had been handed down through the family for a few generations. How do we find out what it is worth? Thanks

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