John Constable (English, 1776–1837)
Oil on canvas
29 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (75.6 x 62.9 cm)
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1906 (06.1272)
The sitter, an amateur portrait painter, was the wife of James Pulham, an attorney in Woodbridge, Suffolk. In a letter to Constable of April 30, 1818, Pulham acknowledged receipt of his wife's portrait and referred to it as "the Compliment which you have so handsomely bestowed on her." This is a good example of a minor but remunerative aspect of Constable's practice.