The Grove, Hampstead pencil 13.3 x 19.6cm (5 1/4 x 7 11/16in).
We are grateful to Graham Reynolds for confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph.
The present work is the only known drawing by Constable of this subject. 'The Grove' or 'The Admiral's House' was occupied in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by Lieutenant Fountain North. In the 1790s he made alterations to the flat roof so that it resembled the quarter-deck of a man-of-war and it is said that he fired a cannon from here to mark royal birthdays.
Constable regularly spent time in Hampstead on account of his wife's ill health. The family moved there in the 1820s and Graham Reynolds attributes the present drawing to his early years in Hampstead. It can therefore be considered as approximately contemporary with his oil painting of the same subject, which can now be found in Tate Britain (inv.no. N01246), although from a different viewpoint.
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