This pencil drawing was ‘discovered’ at the British Library in 2007 – the uncovering of a drawing by an artist as revered as Constable in the ‘unexpected’ context of a library rather than a gallery or museum made headline news around the world.
The drawing found in an extra-illustrated copy of Walter Thornbury’s The Life of J. M. W. Turner, and bought by the compiler John Platt in 1896 from the sale of John Constable’s grandson, Eustace Constable. The church depicted is Higham Church, Suffolk, and the drawing’s present whereabouts is unrecorded in the catalogues of Constable’s work.
- Article by:
- Felicity Myrone
- Antiquarianism, Transforming topography
Felicity Myrone explores how prints and drawings are generally encountered in museum and library collections, and how this affects their meaning and status.