The edge of the Heath by moonlight
Constable admitted himself to having a ‘vanguard’ style of work using broad brushstrokes, at the time frowned upon by The Royal Academy. However this technique went on to be developed by the Impressionists of the late 19th | early 20th centuries.
Around this time Constable adopted a routine of spending the winter in London and painting at East Bergholt in the summer which, given his seven year courtship with Maria Bicknall, certainly gave him purpose to return to the village for a majority of the year, as it was not until his marriage to Maria in 1816 that they both moved to London.
This piece has been exhibited twice in its lifetime, the first time in London, Grosvenor Gallery, A Century of British Art, 1889, no. 301, the second in New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, John Constable, R.A., 1988. It has been held privately throughout that time.
Isabel Constable | Ella N. Constable; her sale Christie's 28 May 1891, lot 117.
E. Colquhoun and by descent until Sotheby's, London, 16 November 1983, lot 70
with Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, from whom acquired by the present owner June 2001