Mrs. James Pulham Sr. (Frances Amys, born about 1766, died 1856), 1818
John Constable (English, 1776–1837)
Oil on canvas; 29 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (75.6 x 62.9 cm)
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1906 (06.1272)
The sitter, an amateur portrait painter, was the wife of James Pulham, an attorney in Woodbridge, Suffolk. In a letter to Constable of April 30, 1818, Pulham acknowledged receipt of his wife's portrait and referred to it as "the Compliment which you have so handsomely bestowed on her." This is a good example of a minor but remunerative aspect of Constable's practice.