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Sky study with a shaft of sunlight: PD.222-1961

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Sky study with a shaft of sunlight


Constable, John (Painter)


History note: Probably coll. Mrs Ella Mackinnon; bt. Henry Newson-Smith, about 1890, probably from Leggatt's Gallery, London; inherited by his son, Sir Frank Newson-Smith, Bart., 1898, his sale Christie's, 26 January 1951, lot 21 (with two others on one mount), bt. Agnew; bt. from Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, London, by J.E. Bullard, 1951

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Bullard, John Eric


Production date: ? AD/CE 1822 : Studies consisting of clouds only, date mainly from 1822.

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper Frame: Depth 5 cm Height 31 cm Width 33.6 cm
Paper: Height 13.3 cm Width 14.9 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting : Oil on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the 'B' in a circle

  • Text: 6 B
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Blue chalk

Inscription present: in a circle

  • Text: 20
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: Agnew's

  • Text: no. 14390, Bond Street
  • Location: Verso, on backing to frame
  • Method of creation: Printed label
  • Label
  • Text: Study of clouds / by / John Constable, R.A.
  • Location: Verso, on backing to frame
  • Method of creation: Typed label
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.222-1961
Primary reference Number: 830
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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