View in Borrowdale of Mountains and a Tree
John Constable (1776-1837)
Pencil and water-colour on wove paper
Width 27.3 cm x height 19.1 cm
Museum no. 187-88
The inscription on the reverse of the drawing: ‘Borrowdale 4 Oct 1806 - Dark Autumnal day at noon – tone more blooming that [‘that’ scored out] this… the effect exceedingly terrific [‘terrific’ scored out] terrific – and much like the beautiful Gaspar I saw in Margaret St.’ makes it clear that Constable was concentrating on capturing or recording a specific light effect.