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Drawing - Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall
  • Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    28 November 1823 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and grey wash

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:

    835-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 18

Physical description

Sketch of a cenotaph, surrounded by lime trees.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

28 November 1823 (made)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

'Ye Lime-trees rang'd before this Hallowed Urn
Shoot forth with lively power at Springs return
And be not slow a stately growth to rear
Of Pillars branching off from year to year
Till ye* at length have ** framed a Darksome Isle
Like a recess within that sacred Pile
Whare Reynolds- mid our countrey's noblest dead
In the last sanctity of fame is laid
And worthily within those sacred bounds
The excelling Painter sleeps-yet here may I
Unblamed upon my patrimonial Grounds
Raise this frail tribute to his memory
An humbler follower of the soothing Art
That he professed-attached to him in heart
Admiring-loving-and with Grief and Pride
Feeling what England lost when Reynolds died

Written by Mr. W. Wordsworth
And engraven on the Urn. In the Garden

Coleorton Hall. Novr. 28. 1823.'

*Corrected in pen from it.
**Corrected in pencil from has.
Inscribed on the back in ink by the artist.

MILL 21
truncated watermark

Dimensions

Height: 26 cm, Width: 18.1 cm

Historical context note

In 1823 Constable's chief exhibit at the Royal Academy was 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds' (No. 254 [FA 33] in this Catalogue). He visited Fisher in August (see Nos. 256 [281-1888] and 257 [354-1888]) and stayed with Sir George Beaumont at Coleorton from the last week of October until the end of November (see Nos. 259-262 [835-1888, 815-1888, 266-1888, 356-1888]).

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 155, 156]

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall' by Constable.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Grey, Anne and John Gage Constable. Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2006. ISBN: 0642541566.
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 155, 156, 165-167

Subjects depicted

Cenotaph

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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