John Constable sketches fetch £100,000 at auction
- 3 July 2013
- From the section England
Sketches by landscape painter John Constable have fetched £101,000 at auction in London.
Five lots, owned by the late Michigan collector Jasper Moores, were put up for sale at Bonhams.
The highest price was for a drawing of Coleorton Hall in Leicestershire, which fetched £67,250, a study of a castle went for £17,500 while one of Salisbury Cathedral reached £16,250.
Two sketches of Brighton beach and a river landscape, did not sell.
Dave Dallas, global head of old masters at Bonhams, said: "The sketches were all done very briskly and probably took little more than 10-15 minutes each, but he manages to get a sense of light, space and distance which compensates for the fact they don't have any colour in them."
Constable (1776-1837) lived in Dedham and East Bergholt on the Essex/Suffolk border, in what is now known as 'Constable Country'.
The three sketches which sold did not exceed their expected sale price.