Portrait of Miss Ann Hobson watercolour over pencil 49 x 38cm (19 5/16 x 14 15/16in).
Provenance: Robert Moubray, brother-in-law to Ann Hobson; thence by descent.
John Constable spent over two weeks during June and July 1806 at Markfield House, Tottenham, as a guest of William Hobson. He made a number of sketches of William Hobson, his wife, and at least six of their sixteen children including five of their daughters; they were Ann (b. 1785), Susanna (b. 1786), Laura (b. 1788), Lydia (b. 1789) and Emma (b. 1791). He made large number of drawings of the daughters, many of which can be seen in two intact sketchbooks (one in the Louvre, the other at Yale). Most of the sketches of the girls were hastily executed, on a small scale and in pencil. The present lot is larger and in watercolour and is similar to a large portrait made by Constable of Laura Hobson in 1808 after her marriage to Robert Moubray.
We would like to thank Graham Reynolds for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.