DETAIL: John CONSTABLE,  Great Britain 1776 � 1837  'Harwich Lighthouse' c.1820 oil on canvas Tate, London, gift of Maria Louisa Constable, Isabel Constable and Lionel Bicknell Constable in 1888 Tate, London 2005
John CONSTABLE | Landscape with trees and deer, after Claude

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Landscape with trees and deer, after Claude July 1825
pen and brown ink, with brown and grey wash
28.8 (h) x 20.0 (w) cm
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Constable was as keen to copy Claude’s drawings as he was to make facsimiles of Claude’s paintings. This is a copy of a drawing by Claude that belonged to the artist and President of the Royal Academy,  Sir Thomas Lawrence (its present whereabouts unknown). Constable not only followed Claude’s image but, as Michael Kitson has observed:  he ‘mimics the French artist’s handling of the pen … uses the same ink and has executed the drawing on old paper’ (M. Kitson, ‘John Constable at the Tate’, Burlington Magazine, CXIII, April 1976, p. 251).

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