Head of a Girl, probably a portrait of Mary Constable

Oil Sketch
ca. 1806 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS
Place Of Origin

Profile portrait (likely of Mary Constable) in oil on canvas.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil sketch of the head of a girl, probably Mary Constable, by Constable.
Physical Description
Profile portrait (likely of Mary Constable) in oil on canvas.
  • Estimate height: 31.2cm
  • Estimate width: 30.5cm
  • Framed height: 504mm
  • Framed width: 453mm
  • Framed depth: 40mm
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable
Object history
Given by Isabel Constable, 1888
Historical context
'There are no paintings or drawings in the Museum's collections known certainly to have been made during the years 1807-1809. In 1807, 1808, and to some extent in 1809, Constable was painting Lake District subjects for exhibition; and in 1807 he was copying portraits of the Dysart family by Reynolds and Hoppner. Some of these copies by Constable are at Ham House.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 66]
Made ca. 1806-1809.
Bibliographic References
  • Gayford, Martin and Anne Lyles, Constable portraits: the painter and his circle, London, National Portrait Gallery, 2009.
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 66, 67
Other Number
97, plate 57 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Accession Number

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record createdJuly 14, 2006
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