John Constable's house is on sale in London
A kitchen and separate dining room fill the upper ground floor, with three reception rooms spread across the middle of the townhouse (the first floor living room has two balconies overlooking its walled garden patio).
Three bedrooms are found on the upper level, while a fourth lower ground floor bedroom is currently used as a study. Rooms have moulded cornicings, a mix of fireplaces and wooden floors.
The small oil on board ‘sketch', titled View towards the back of a Terrace of Houses with Elder tree, was sold for £375,000 on March, 2018 at Roseberys. It came to auction with provenance to the former US ambassador to the UK, John Hay Whitney (1904−82). The picture, lost for 200 years, related closely a number of similar works made by Constable in c.1821−2.
The auctioneers spent four months researching the picture and had its authenticity confirmed by Anne Lyles from Tate Britain, who identified the picture at Roseberys as in keeping with two works once owned by the artist’s daughter Isabel Constable.
Left: 'View towards the back of a terrace of houses, with elder tree' by John Constable (1776−1837).
At the same time, Hampstead became a great focus for his works, whereby Constable made numerous studies of cloud formations and oil sketches. His artwork is on display at leading galleries worldwide including Tate Britain, The National Gallery and The V&A as well as Yale Center for British Art and The National Gallery of Art in the United States. His most famous paintings include Dedham Vale of 1802, The Hay Wain of 1821 and Hampstead Heath with a Rainbow of 1836.
The following year, thanks to the joint efforts of five British galleries, the
In 1636, the artist painted his estate in the painting "A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning" (below). It was one of several famous works the late
At one time this
Incorporating a tower built in 1047, the Chianti villa was bought by the Sistine Chapel painter in 1549 and remained in Michelangelo’s family for over 300 years. Its present owners have sensitively restored the artist’s home and its period features.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any original frescoes by the Florentine artist inside the 10-bedroom, stone villa (his designs for St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican probably took priority over home improvements) but there are plenty of ornate touches.
Title illustration: House with blue plaque on Well Walk, London. Photo: Savills