A baby, perhaps Maria Louisa Constable

1819 (made)
A baby, perhaps Maria Louisa Constable thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H
Place Of Origin

A sketch showing a sleeping baby

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil drawing on paper
Brief Description
A pencil sketch of a baby by John Constable, British, 1819
Physical Description
A sketch showing a sleeping baby
  • Height: 5.9cm
  • Width: 10.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
[...]mpstead[...]. Octr 1819 (Inscribed on the back by the artist. The inscription has been truncated when the drawing was at some time laid down on thin card.)
Historical context
In 1819 Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy 'A scene on the River Stour' ('The White Horse'), bought by John Fisher, and now in the Frick Collection, New York (see the sketch-book No. 132, pp. 66 and 70). His second child Maria Louisa (Minna) was born on 19 July. He took a house at Hampstead for the first time at the end of the summer. He was elected A.R.A. on 1 November.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 121]
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 121, 122
  • Gayford, Martin and Anne Lyles, Constable portraits: the painter and his circle, London, National Portrait Gallery, 2009.
Other Number
172, plate 135 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Accession Number

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record createdJanuary 24, 2008
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