John Constable R.A. – East-Bergholt
1776 – 1837 London Salisbury Plain – Study of Trees
A study of trees with a small ravine to the right and a hillside in the distance
Pencil on wove paper
Whole sheet 22.4 by 34.8 cm., 8¾ by 13 ½ inches
The present drawing appears to originate from the largest sketchbook Constable ever used which is on 1822 Whatman paper.
He mainly used it at Salisbury in 1829 and Reynolds lists twenty-two sheets which had come to light by 1984 (see Graham Reynolds, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, 1984, p.301).
Other studies of trees from this sketchbook are in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (Reynolds no.29.13), a private collection (no.29.28) and the Horne Foundation, Florence (no.29.31).