Mrs. James Pulham Sr. (Frances Amys, ca. 1766–1856)

John Constable British

Not on view

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, Mr. Pulham referred to this painting as "the Compliment which you have so handsomely bestowed on her." Portraiture was a minor but remunerative part of Constable’s practice. This is one of his liveliest works, with varied brushwork and glinting highlights.

Mrs. James Pulham Sr. (Frances Amys, ca. 1766–1856), John Constable (British, East Bergholt 1776–1837 Hampstead), Oil on canvas

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