CONSTABLE, Alfred Abram

1826 - 1853

Alfred Abram Constable, was born in London on 14 November 1826, one of the seven children, at least five of whom also drew or painted, of John Constable, R.A. [q.v.], and his wife Maria Elizabeth née Bicknell (1788-1828) who also drew or painted. By 1844, Alfred had decided to become a professional artist and spent some time drawing at Sassís Academy in 1845, under Francis Stephen Cary (1808-1880). During an extended visit to Suffolk's Stour valley in 1846, when he lived at Higham, he amassed a quantity of work. Alfred first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1847, and except for 1849, continued to do so every year until 1853. Alfred specialised in landscape and both brothers Alfred and Lionel [q.v.], are known to have been very close to each other and it is clear that Lionelís work in oils is most likely to be confused with that of his fatherís, the few oils by Alfred, do not bear out a claim that he was the most gifted of the two. Alfred was accidentally drowned in the Thames, near Goring on 19 November 1853, his brother Lionel was with him at the time.





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