Attributed to John Constable, A Woodland Glade; preparatory study for Jaques and the Wounded Stag (1832-35). British and European Fine Art Sale, Chiswick, London, 6 March. Estimate £5,000-£8,000. Image courtesy of Chiswick.
Two drawings found in a dusty cardboard box during a home clearout have been discovered to be studies made by the British landscape painter, John Constable. Dated to the artist’s late period by Anne Lyles, a leading Constable expert and former director of the Tate, they are thought to be illustrations of a scene from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and bear a strong resemblance to a horizontal watercolour Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1832. Suzanne Zack, the head of British and European Art at Chiswick, notes that previously unknown Constable drawings are “extremely scarce”, although these tiny drawings which measure around 2in by 3in, are priced in accordance with other Constable works of this scale.