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Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall

Drawing
28 November 1823 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sketch of a cenotaph, surrounded by lime trees.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleCenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall (popular title)
Materials and techniques
Pencil and grey wash
Brief description
Drawing, 'Cenotaph to Sir Joshua Reynolds amonst lime trees in the grounds of Coleorton Hall' by John Constable, 1823
Physical description
Sketch of a cenotaph, surrounded by lime trees.
Dimensions
  • Height: 11.5cm
  • Width: 18.1cm
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)
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist
Historical context
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]
Subject depicted
Places depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Gray, Anne and John Gage, Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2006
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 155, 156, 165-167
  • Feaver, William, Lucian Freud on John Constable, London, British Council, 2003
Other number
259, plate 196 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Collection
Accession number
835-1888

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Record createdJuly 19, 2006
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