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article imageJohn Constable oil sketch discovered

By Tim Sandle     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
A previously unknown oil sketch by landscape artist John Constable has been discovered. The painting was found hidden behind one of his paintings by museum staff.
The painting was found in London's Victoria and Albert museum by staff carrying out a review of various artworks, according to The Independent. The picture was discovered beneath a lining canvas called Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead, which is one of the artist's known works.
Suspecting that there was a hidden picture, the museum staff used X-radiography to confirm that there was indeed a hidden artwork. The picture, now restored, will go on display on Wednesday November 27. The picture has yet to be given a title.
A review by the BBC reveals that the oil sketch, painted on canvas measuring 24.5 x 39.4 cm, depicts a narrow clearing fringed by trees set against an unsettled sky with a brown cylindrical structure, thought to be a kiln, in the foreground.
John Constable was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale. Constable's paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art.
The Daily Mirror notes that Constable, who died in London in 1837, probably painted the scene in the late summer of 1821 or 1822
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