The 3rd Earl of Egremont regularly hosted artists at Petworth House in West Sussex, with J. M. W. Turner as his best-known guest. In September 1834, Constable was also invited to stay for several days, and a carriage was made ready for him every morning to enable him to see as much of the surrounding landscape as possible. This view of a farm on the estate, an example of the artist’s favored domestic scenery, is taken from a sketchbook he filled during this visit. The faint sheen on the drawing is a result of the fixative Constable liked to use to prevent the soft graphite from rubbing off.
Watermark: none visible through lining.