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John Constable sketch sells for 14 times its estimate

The rediscovered Constable landscape. Credit: Chiswick Auctions

A rediscovered painting by Suffolk landscape artist John Constable has sold at auction for more than 10 times its estimated value.

The pencil drawing called 'A River Landscape' fetched just over £87,000 in Chiswick Auctions British and European Fine Art sale.

The drawing, which shows tall trees, a river bend and a castle, emerged from a private collection in the UK.

The castle is thought to be Framlingham Castle, as it was thirty miles north of East Bergholt, where Constable lived. He also drew the castle many times between 1800-1815.

Another recently rediscovered Constable work in the sale was a pencil drawing of Constable’s wife, Maria Elizabeth Bicknell.

Constable's pencil drawing of his wife. Credit: Chiswick Auctions

Constable's wife died of Tuberculosis in 1828.

The drawing is from the private collection of the family of art historian Ronald Brymer Beckett and comes directly from them, by descent.

Beckett pursued his interest in art for many years, collecting drawings by English artists.

In 1956 he was instrumental in mounting and curating the exhibition John Constable 1776-1837, held at Manchester City Art Gallery.

He loaned works from his own collection and researched and wrote the catalogue.

His most significant contribution to scholarship on the painter was his extensive research into the life and work of John Constable from hundreds of surviving letters.