Georgian Pencil Drawing Circa 1820 English by Miss Jane Ogilvy After Constable
We are delighted to have discovered this original early 19th century pencil drawing that is one of a pair (each retailed separately see the very slightly bigger partner TA11246).
This artist certainly had some talent as the scene that she has drawn immediately transports one back to rural Regency period England. Her depiction shows a small rural village with a beautiful working farmstead in the foreground. The village is situated in a deep valley under the shadow of a large hill. The farmer is busily toiling away whilst his valued long horned cattle can be seen grazing in front of the farm's thatched barns. This depiction reflects the ordinary life that contemporaries such as John Constable (1776-1837) strove to paint. See his famous paintings The Hay Wain, Flatford Mill and The Corn Field.
Just like its partner TA11246, the composition is perfectly balanced. The depth of field and attention to detail all convey the talent of the female artist. Everything is to scale, this is not a naive amateur attempt at drawing. Housed under old bubbled glass, within a gilt slip and stained pine frame. The frame again typical for the 1820 period, simple and elegant not to detract from the drawing. We cannot quite see the bottom of the drawing under the frame to see if there is a signature like its partner but we are in no doubt that it was drawn by the same hand. There is very old script to the original backing paper on the reverse "Found in old box at Bid????1898".
SIZE: 11.75" by 10", actual drawing 7." by 5"
CONDITION: The actual pencil drawing upon paper is in very good condition with just one very faint area of foxing to the center of the thatched roof farm. The soft stained pine frame has some surface indents from age/ wear but nothing serious or that one would not expect after 200 years. There is some gentle wear to the gilt slip.
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