Constable Discovered In Japan

A previously unknown painting by Constable has been discovered in a Japanese collector's store. The oil sketch of Dedham Vale in Suffolk, where John Constable grew up, is expected to fetch around £120,000 at auction at Sotheby's. The landscape was completed in about 1810 and was given to one of Constable's friends before being sold to a Japanese collector. It was finally confirmed as a work by Constable after extensive cleaning. "After cleaning, Constable's hand was immediately apparent, and soon after the work was fully accepted by Graham Reynolds - author and specialist on Constable's work."'Dedham Vale' is due to go under the hammer at Sotheby's on New Bond Street on 24 November. Irish Art