European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Two DonkeysMade in England, Europe
John Constable, English, 1776 - 1837
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
Inv. 155John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelConstable spent the winter of 1815–16 in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England, with his dying father. Making the most of the unusually warm weather and his proximity to rural subjects, he painted these donkeys on February 29, 1816. Worked on a small scrap of canvas, the sketch served as a preparatory study that Constable used when adding donkeys to three landscapes: a wood scene in autumn, a view of Hampstead Heath, and a path outside the village of Stoke-by-Nayland. At an unknown date, probably following the artist’s death, the sketch was mounted on a piece of wood and the paint extended about an inch in all directions.
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