New York, July 4 (FinanceEnquiry.com) – The English Romantic painter, John Constable’s Painting titled ‘The Lock’ become one of the most-expensive British paintings sold till date after fetching £22.4m at auction at Christie’s in London.
The full price of £22,441,250 of the painting, places it jointly on the list of most-expensive Old Masters with George Stubbs’s Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey.
‘The Lock’ is an oil painting, finished in 1824, depicting a rural scene on the River Stour in Suffolk, one of the six paintings within the Stour series. Pictures such as ‘The Lock’ might seem a bit traditional now, but in 1824 the artist’s use of color, expressive brushstrokes and contemporary subject was distinctive.
It was part of the huge private art collection John left behind after his death in 2002. While most of it was sold to Spain, 250 artworks are still in the baroness’s private collection and have been lent to the country free of charge for the past 13 years.
‘The Lock’ was kept in Madrid’s Bornemisza Museum.
Museum’s owner Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, got sentimental on its sale and said it was necessary as she is going through a tough financial crisis. A former Miss Spain, the baroness is the fifth wife and widow of Swiss industrialist Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.
However, the Museum trustee Sir Norman Rosenthal has resigned criticizing baroness, known as Tita and said that it is a matter of moral shame. She has also been criticized by her step-daughter, Francesca Von Habsburg who is also a member of museum’ s board.
The first owner of ‘The Lock’ was James Morrison, the son of an in-keeper, who bought the painting at the 1824 Royal Academy exhibition. He became one of the wealthiest British merchants of the 19th century and a prolific art collector.
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