This painting is one of the most important Constable discoveries to be made since the Constable bicentenary exhibition at the Tate in 1976.
A Cottage in a Cornfield by John Constable, 1817
© National Museum Cardiff
- Oil on canvas
- 32 x 26 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £70,000)
- Acquired in:
There is another larger version of this work in the Victoria and Albert Museum, dating from the same period but retouched and shown at the Royal Academy in 1833. When the V&A work was exhibited at the Tate in 1976, the catalogue entry drew attention to this missing version, thus leading to its re-discovery.
Believed to have been purchased from Constable by William Venables. From c.1888 belonged to a West Country family.