Seven John Constable drawings to auction at Cheffins in March

A set of seven drawings by John Constable (1776-1837), and another by his son Lionel (1828-1887), are to auction on March 5-6 at Cheffins in the UK.

The works will sell as single lots, with estimates ranging from £4,000-12,000 ($6,685-20,056).

One of the drawings in the sale, Heavy Horse at Rest Beside a Plough (1816), is of particular importance as it is drawn from a notebook the artist carried with him while on honeymoon with wife, Maria Bicknell.

John Constable drawings
The eight drawings were originally bought in 1952 for £500 ($835)

It carries an estimate of £6,000-8,000 ($10,028-13,371).

Anne Lyles, an expert on the work of Constable, commented: "This remarkable group of drawings - seven by John Constable and one attributed to his son, Lionel Constable - can be traced back to the stock of London fine art dealers Leggatt Brothers, who handled a large quantity of Constable's sketches in oil, watercolour and pencil in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

The collection was originally bought from the brothers in 1952 for a total of £500 ($835).  

Constable is an enormously popular artist, particularly within the UK, with his large scale paintings regularly achieving major figures at auction.

In 2013, Tate Britain purchased Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, one of his most significant works, for £23.1m ($34.7m) in a private sale.

His current auction record is held by The Lock, which achieved £22.4m ($35.2m) at Christie's London in 2012.

Smaller works often also perform well, with a lost sketch selling for £67,250 ($101,393) at Bonhams London last year.

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