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The Manton Collection of British Art

The Manton Collection of British Art, which includes more than two hundred paintings, drawings, and prints by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and others, was the creation of business leader and arts patron Sir Edwin A. G. Manton (1909–2005) and his wife Florence, Lady Manton (1911–2003). Born in Essex County, just twenty miles from "Constable Country" in the east of England, Sir Edwin arrived in New York in 1933 to help lead the development of the American International Group. He lived the remainder of his life in the United States, though his love of British art, which he and his wife began collecting in the 1940s, was testimony to his continued devotion to his native country.

Sir Edwin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1994 for his generous contributions to the Tate Gallery in London (now Tate Britain). Through it all, his appetite for collecting art never diminished. "I am a compulsive buyer," he once observed. "It's better than spending your money on bottles of Scotch." This magnificent collection, a gift from the Manton Foundation in 2007, constitutes the most significant acquisition of art by the Clark since its founding in 1955 and perfectly complements the Clark's outstanding holdings of nineteenth-century French and American art.


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Lionel Constable
English, 1828–1887
Cloud Study
c. 1850
Oil on paper mounted on panel
9 5/8 x 12 15/16 in. (24.4 x 31.3 cm)

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Lionel Constable
English, 1828–1887
Cottage on the Stour, Flatford
c. 1850
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
8 3/16 x 10 13/16 in. (20.8 x 27.5 cm)

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Lionel Constable
English, 1828–1887
Dedham Vale
c. 1850
Oil on paper mounted on panel
13 3/16 x 10 5/16 in. (33.5 x 26.2 cm)

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Lionel Constable
English, 1828–1887
Meadow Scene "Dedham Water Meadows"
c. 1850
Oil on paper board mounted on canvas
9 3/4 x 11 7/8 (24.8 x 30.2 cm)

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Edward W. Cooke
English, 1811–1880
Venice at Sunset
1864
Pen and ink and watercolor with gum arabic and scratching out on paper
7 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (19.7 x 31.7 cm)

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Attributed to John Sell Cotman
English, 1782–1842
A Barge on a River
Pencil and black and white chalk on blue paper
6 3/4 x 14 5/8 in. (17.1 x 37.1 cm)

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John Bernay Crome
English, 1794–1842
Sheds and Old Houses on the Yare
1803
Oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (49.5 x 62.9 cm)

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George Dance II
English, 1741–1825
Portrait of a Gentleman, Half-length, in Profile
1794
Pencil on paper
10 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 19 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A View of Winchester Abbey
1793
Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Oatlands, Surrey
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Bicknell, Near Enfield
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Poynton, Cheshire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Rochester Castle, Kent
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Byland Abbey, Yorkshire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Syon House, Middlesex
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Alnwick Abbey, Northumberland
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Romborough Priory Church, Norfolk
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Caldicot, Monmouthshire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: A House Near Epsom
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Claremont, Surrey
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Newark Priory, Surrey
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Unidentified House in an Extensive Landscape
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Furness Abbey, Lancashire
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Brougham Castle, Westmorland
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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Edward Dayes
English, 1763–1804
A Group of Watercolors of Identified Castles, Abbeys and Country Seats: Richmond Place, Richmond, Surrey
prior to 1788
Pencil and watercolor on paper
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (6.4 x 8.9 cm)

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After Peter de Wint
English, 1784–1849
Figures by a Dock at Low Tide
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, and scratching out on paper
9 3/4 x 15 in. (24.8 x 38.1 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Study of Mallows
mid- to late-1750s
Pencil on laid paper
7 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (18.4 x 15.9 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Landscape with a Clump of Trees on a Hillock
early 1760s
Pencil and gray and brown washes over pencil on laid paper
10 1/16 x 13 7/8 in. (25.6 x 35.2 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with a Boy Leading a Donkey and Dog, and an Extensive Panorama with Buildings and Distant Hills
early 1760s
Oil on canvas
11 7/8 x 13 1/2 in. (30.2 x 34.3 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with a Cottage and Cows
mid-1770s
Black chalk, watercolor, gray gouache, and white lead on gray paper, perhaps prepared with a brown wash, dipped in skimmed milk and varnished
8 1/2 x 11 11/16 in. (21.6 x 29.7 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with Rocks, Stream, and Distant Hill
c. 1775–80
Black and white chalk on blue laid paper
9 x 12 1/2 in. (22.9 x 31.7 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep, Winding River and Tower
mid- to late- 1770s
Black chalk heightened with white chalk on paper
7 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. (18.4 x 21.9 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Rocky Wooded Landscape with Winding Track
late-1770s
Pen with black and gray ink and gray wash heightened with white bodycolor on paper
10 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (26.4 x 33.7 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Rocky Wooded Landscape with Herdsman Driving Cattle
c. 1783
Brush and gray wash on laid paper
8 3/8 x 12 3/16 in. (21.3 x 31 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Study of a House and Shed in a Wooded Valley
c. 1783
Pencil on laid paper
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (14 x 19 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with Rocks Overhanging a Pool
mid-1780s
Black chalk and stump heightened with white chalk on blue paper discolored buff
10 7/16 x 12 7/8 in. (26.5 x 32.7 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Extensive Wooded Landscape with a Bridge over a Gorge, Distant Village and Hills
c. 1786
Black chalk and stumping heightened with white chalk on blue paper discolored buff
10 3/16 x 13 11/16 in. (25.9 x 32.7 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Landscape with Figures, Herdsman, and Cows at a Pool and Distant Church
mid- to late-1780s
Brown chalk, brown and gray wash, and white lead on gray laid paper dipped in skimmed milk and varnished
8 3/8 x 11 7/8 in. (21.27 x 30.2 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Landscape with Herdsman Driving Cows, and Distant Buildings
c. 1785–88
Black chalk and gray wash heightened with white chalk on gray prepared paper
9 1/2 x 12 5/8 in. (24.1 x 32.1 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Wooded Landscape with Figures and Winding Track Leading to a Cottage
mid- to late-1780s
Gray and brown wash and white lead on gray laid paper dipped in skimmed milk and varnished
8 1/2 x 11 15/16 in. (21.6 x 30.3 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A Peasant Driving Cattle, Sheep, and Goats in a Landscape
c. 1788
Oil on canvas
7 x 8 3/4 in. (17.8 x 22.2 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A Wooded Landscape with a Seated Herdsman and a Cow
c. 1785
Black and white and gray wash on paper
10 1/2 x 14 in. (26.7 x 35.6 cm)

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Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A Wooded Landscape with Figures by a House
c. 1752
Oil on canvas
8 3/4 x 7 in. (22.2 x 7 cm)

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After Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Rocky Landscape with Horseman and Packhorse
Black chalk and gray wash over pencil on laid paper
6 3/4 x 9 in. (17.1 x 22.9 cm)

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After Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Rocky Landscape with Herdsman Conversing with a Girl, Goats, Cows Drinking at a Fountain, and Distant Hills
Pencil and watercolor on wove paper
12 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (31.7 x 39.4 cm)

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Circle of Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A Castle by a Lake and a Figure Seated on a Stile (recto); Mountainous Landscape with a Lake (verso)
Pencil and gray wash on gray paper
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (24.8 x 34.9 cm)

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Circle of Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Portrait of a Gentleman
1745–48
Oil on canvas, oval
7 x 7 1/2 in. (17.8 x 14 cm)

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Circle of Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A Wooded Landscape with a Village on a Hilltop and Figures on a Lane in Front
Black and white chalk on laid paper mounted on card, oval
10 x 13 1/4 in. (25.4 x 33.7 cm)

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Circle of Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
A River Landscape with Two Cows and a Figure on a Bridge
c. 1744–45
Oil on canvas
14 1/8 x 11 3/8 in.

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Follower of Thomas Gainsborough
English, 1727–1788
Figures and Cattle in a Landscape
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
7 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (19 x 17.1 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
Windsor Castle
c. 1793
Watercolor over pencil on paper
4 7/8 x 7 3/16 in. (12.4 x 18.3 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
The Gatehouse of Battle Abbey, Sussex
c. 1794
Watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper
10 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (27.3 x 23.5 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
Melrose Abbey: The East Window
1800
Pencil and watercolor on paper
14 7/8 x 11 3/16 in. (37.8 x 28.4 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
A River Valley and Distant Hill Seen through Trees
c. 1800
Watercolor with pen and brown ink over pencil on laid paper
8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (22.5 x 16.8 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
Lydford Castle
c. 1801
Watercolor with scratching out on paper
12 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (31.7 x 52.1 cm)

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Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
A Wooded Landscape
c. 1790s
Watercolor over pencil with scratching out on paper
6 x 4 7/8 in. (15.2 X 12.4 cm)

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Albert Goodwin
English, 1845–1932
Afterglow on the Nile
1911
Pen and black ink, watercolor, and bodycolor with scratching out on paper
11 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (28.6 x 38.7 cm)

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Albert Goodwin
English, 1845–1932
Naples
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolor, and scratching out on paper
7 3/4 x 11 in. (19.7 x 27.9 cm)

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Albert Goodwin
English, 1845–1932
Sindbad the Sailor
1929
Pen and black ink, watercolor, bodycolor with scratching out on paper
10 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. (26.7 x 38.7 cm)

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Albert Goodwin
English, 1845–1932
The Bristol Channel
Oil on board
12 1/2 X 16 in. (31.7 x 40.6 cm)

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