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.
Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, no. 56, repr.
Reynolds, Graham. The later paintings and drawings of John Constable. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 1984, no. 34.31.
Denison, Cara D. et al. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw. Part II. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1985, no. 35 (also in Thaw III, no. 60)
Denison, Cara D. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 60, repr.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 64, p. 136-137.
Watermark: none visible through lining.