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Two seascapes (verso)
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Two seascapes (verso)

Formerly attributed to John Constable (1776 - 1837)

Watercolour on paper

Width: 14 cm; Height: 11.1 cm;

Inscription, J WHAT[cut off] / 184[cut off] //
Inscription, 109
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Constable has boldly brushed in the sea and sky with broad washes of cool, predominantly blue, grey and grey-blue tones in this watercolour, imposing a dramatic grandeur within a small format. It is typical of the highly charged, expressionistic late phase of his work. A blustery wind ripples the waves and blows a long streamer of smoke from the funnel of the steamship, silhouetted on the horizon; the three sailing vessels, whose outlines are deftly touched-in with a few quick brushstrokes, scud before the breeze. Constable has scored the paper in the foreground to suggest white highlights on the ridges of the wave. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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