John Constable

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John Constable
View of Cat Hanger
Graphite with fixative on two joined sheets of paper.
8 1/16 x 13 5/8 inches (205 x 347 mm); secondary support: 12 29/32 x 18 3/4 inches (327 x 476 mm); in decorative frame: 20 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 2 inches
Thaw Collection.
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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.

Inscribed by the artist in pencil at upper left, "Petworth Sepr. 12 / 1834 Cat Hanger".
Edward Seago; Baskett and Day, London; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

Watermark: none visible through lining.

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