Malvern Hall

Though Constable is better known for his images of the farms and uncultivated countryside of his native Suffolk, he also painted views of elegant country houses and their manicured grounds. He first painted this property in 1809, which was also the first time he completed a landscape in the open air. Many years later, this picture was commissioned by the sister of Malvern Hall’s owner, perhaps as a reminder of her childhood home. The dramatic sky and closely observed details—such as the peacocks on the lawn—enhance the grandeur of the estate.

Provenance

Magdalene Lewis, Dowager Countess of Dysart, Malvern Hall, Solihull, Warwickshire (d. 1823); Henry Greswolde Lewis, her brother, by descent (1823–d. 1829); Edmund Meysey Wigley Greswolde Lewis, his nephew, by descent (1829–d. 1833); Henry Wigley Greswolde, his uncle, by descent (1833–d. 1849); Mrs. Florence Horatia Nelson Suckling, Romsey, Hampshire, his great-niece, by descent (1849–d. 1923, sale, Sotheby’s, London, 23 July 1924, no. 112, sold to Knoedler); [Knoedler, London, 1924–26, sold to Clark, 30 Apr. 1926]; Robert Sterling Clark (1926–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

John Constable

English, 1776–1837

Malvern Hall

1821

Oil on canvas

21 5/16 x 30 13/16 in. (54.1 x 78.3 cm) Frame: 27 1/16 x 36 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (68.7 x 92.1 x 7 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926

1955.683


ON VIEW