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Portrait group of five figures, including John Constable making a drawing of Jessy Harden; five figures seated around table at Brathay Hall. 1806
Graphite on two conjoined sheets
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Height: 120 millimetres
Width: 209 millimetres (irregular)
- Curator's comments
- See report to Trustees, 19.i.1962. Constable was a friend of the Harden family, and frequently stayed with them at their house, Brathay Hall, Lancashire. The donor was a descendant of the Hardens, and has given other portrait drawings of this type by Constable to the BM.
See Daphne Foskett, John Harden of Brathay Hall, 1974, pp. 29-31, quoted in Constable exhibition Tate 1976, cat no. 69:
Mrs Harden wrote that Sunday 14th Sept. was wet 'so Mr Constable got some oil colors & painted a portrait of me which he executed wonderfully well considering he was only 5 hrs about it. ...' the next day Constable finished the portrait.
The entry for the present drawing by John Harden in the Tate catalogue described this as 'Constable Painting' and said the drawing showed Constable painting the portrait of Mrs Harden described above.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1964, BM, 'Recent Acquisitions', no. 59
1976 Feb-May, Tate, 'Constable', no. 70
1977/8 Oct-Jan, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 'Flaxman', no. 255
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- A. S. Clay was a descendant of the Harden family.
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