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Rare John Constable painting discovered in Dorset
11:30am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A RARE painting by artist John Constable has been discovered in Dorset.
The nine inch watercolour was discovered in a cardboard folio of prints.
Experts at Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorchester have confirmed the watercolour is from a series of 140 works, drawn and painted by Constable during 1803. Of this collection, the whereabouts of only a handful of paintings are known.
The rare painting is expected to sell for more than £5,000 when it is offered for auction at Duke’s on September 26.
The folios had been inherited by the current owner from a relative, Philip Coates, a published philosopher and youngest son of Henry Coates, founder of Coates Brothers Printing Inks in London.
It is believed Philip purchased the watercolour directly from Sothebys Institute of Art in 1965, where it has remained in his collection ever since.
Valuer at Duke’s Auctioneers, Amy Brenant, said: “Philip was an astute collector and built a record of each work he acquired including it’s title, artist, medium and any provenance of the work known.
“It is his records that have enabled us to trace this Constable painting.”
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