Lot 21 ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN CONSTABLE RA 1776 -1837
Beached Boats at Brighton. Oil on board. Enclosed in a gilt frame. Provenance: Probably one of the sales at Fosters who sold the contents of Constable's studios on behalf of his family from 1838 to 1875. Private Family Collection, Littlehampton, Sussex. Brighton on the south coast played an important part in Constable's life, both socially and professionally. In May 1824, Constable and his family arrived in Brighton as it was thought that the sea air would be beneficial to his wife Maria's ailing health. Constable did not remain there constantly but made frequent visits to London. Whilst in Brighton he painted some of his most famous paintings, for example, Brighton Beach with Colliers (Victoria Albert Museum): Rainstorm over the sea (Royal Academy, London) and the Chain Pier, Brighton (Tate Gallery) painted during 1826-1827. The subject depicted here shows beached fishing boats known as luggers or hoggies and are unique to the area. The main activity is on the left-hand side of the picture plain, showing two luggers with a fisherman working on the rigging of one. The artist has balanced the composition by depicting on the right-hand side two other fishing boats in the distance, in soft focus, as it were and three pure white birds overhead. The sky is typically fully understood. It is an overcast day, the grey clouds being broken by a crack showing the sun breaking through, its light reflecting on the water: in an instant it will have again vanished. This work is a typical hand-held study painted en plein air, a method of working favoured afterwards by the French Impressionists. John Constable was to have a great influence on their work. We wish to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of Mr. Conal Shields, the pre-eminent scholar on the life and work of John Constable and Dr Daniel Robinson, curator of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, for kindly confirming the particular type of craft shown here.It appears that the vessels depicted here are luggers found in the Brighton area. They are also known as hog boats or hoggies and are rather unique to this part of the world on the basis of their dimensions.'
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