Lorne Manley sews up the Constable story nicely eith this gracious quote from Lady Hambleden who simply never considered the dark, overworked painting to be a Constable.
Yes, admits Lady Hambleden, 84, when she first learned the painting was by Constable, “I felt like a fool! I know it’s not my fault, but that was my first feeling.
”But she said she has no intention of suing over a work for which she had little affection and that her mother-in-law had stuffed in a cupboard for 60 years.
“It was sold under my name,” she said, “but on behalf of my children. So it would be their decision whether or not to bring legal action.”
With Misattributed Constable Masterpiece, a Rare Look Into the Imprecise World of Art Identification (NYTimes.com)