The Poly

24 Church St, Falmouth : 01326 319461
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

What's On Calendar

Have a look at the calendar text here to see what's coming up.

Talks // Coming up // Fakes & Fortunes (Or Have I Discovered a Constable in my Attic?)
25 July
Thursday
6:00pm

Fakes & Fortunes (Or Have I Discovered a Constable in my Attic?)

Sarah Cove ACR is an Accredited paintings conservator, technical art historian and lecturer based in Falmouth, Cornwall. As an expert in her field, she is regularly contacted by people worldwide that think they have a found a previously unknown Constable!! Some have, some have not, as you will see in this lecture which gives a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how such decisions are made and will describe some extraordinary successes but also crashing disappointments. Stories will include a hugely publicised oil sketch seen on Breakfast TV, reputedly worth £250,000, and the chance discovery of a fabulous, almost abstract, rare oil study of the 1830s that had formerly belonged to an American G.I.

Sarah founded the Constable Research Project in conjunction with the V&A Museum in 1986 to study John Constable RA’s materials and techniques from the technical and scientific point of view. Since then she has examined over 250 works from collections worldwide, from tiny oil sketches on fragments of canvas, paper supports and boards to the ‘six-footers’, some of Constable’s most famous and iconic paintings including The Haywain (1821), The Leaping Horse (1825) and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831). She has developed a technical chronology that assists with the dating of his known works, relatively few of which were signed and dated by the artist. This is useful for the attribution (or not) of newly discovered pictures.

She has published widely on Constable’s material and techniques including catalogue essays for Tate’s ‘Constable’ (1991) and ‘Constable: The Great Landscapes’ (2006) exhibitions. She has appeared in BBC1’s live broadcast of ‘The People’s Haywain’ (2002), ‘Constable in Love’ with Andrew Graham-Dixon (2004) and BBC One’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ in 2014 and 2017.

Find out more here: www.sarahcoveacr.com

Copyright

Sarah Cove ACR, Constable Research Project

Fakes & Fortunes (Or Have I Discovered a Constable in my Attic?)
 
Thursday 25th July 6pm

Tickets: £8/£5

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold

 
 
 
Check times : Book now

Pic

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Poly Members' Summer Exhibition 2024

We are delighted to announce the Poly Members’ Summer Exhibition Call for Entries! ...

Find out more

Kewbanda – The Cornish in the Caribbean

Kewbanda perform songs from ‘The Cornish in the Caribbean’ project. Sue Appleby, author of The Cornish in The...

Find out more

Pottery Course: Beginner's Handbuilding 4 Weeks

Come along and delve into the world of pinch, coil and slab making and experiment with various decoration techniques! ...

Find out more
Contact us:

T: 01326 319461
E: info@thepoly.org

Address:

The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

Social Media:

Keep up to date with The Poly:

Icon Icon Icon


© The Poly - The Poly is the trading name of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Limited, a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number 03909555 and registered charity number 1081199, with its registered office at 24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG