School of Art
Oil Paintings / OP25
Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath
Oil on paper lined with canvas, framed
275 x 380 mm.
Bequest: George Powell 1882
After a painting by John Constable. Possibly by John Linnell (1792-1882). A replica of 'Branch Hill Pond' otherwise titled as 'Hampstead Heath' painted in 1827 by John Constable and exhibited in 1828. The painting was found unframed and without identification but an early typed list of the Powell Collection records a J. Linell scene on 'Hampstead Heath'. However this record does not appear in Powell's hand written inventory. The opinion of Dr. Charles Rhyne at the Yale Centre of British Art was sought in 1980. He concluded that this ''painting is certainly a copy after Constable, probably after the mezzotint by [David] Lucas [1802-1881] done under Constable's supervision rather than from the painting''
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Landscape, Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath; foreground, open ground with two figures, a horse and cart and a dog; middleground, on the left, poplar trees, figures and donkeys by Branch Hill Pond, on the right, a small hill topped by a house with a smoking chimney; background, plain with distant hills and a pall of smoke: sky, large, dark cumulus and seven birds in flight. Painted in a loose, sketchy style. Small scratches centre left, in the sky, and lower left corner