The piece is a study for Contable's Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831, which resides at the Tate.

In 2013 the oil sketch sold at Christie's catalogued as "follower of John Constable" with a pre sale estimate of £500-800. The buyer cleaned the work, which had been retouched around late 19th to early 20th Century, in order to improve the quality of the piece.

Constable specialist Anne Lyles studied the work and dated in 1829-30, determining the piece was by Constable and part of his preparation work for the final Salisbury piece, which the Tate purchased in 2013 for £23 million.

Lyles commented that the study is "one of the most exciting and important additions to the master's oeuvre to have emerged in recent decades.''

This work was amongst a few hundred items that sold at the same sale, including The Embarkation of St Paula which was catalogued as ''after Claude Lorrain' and estimated at £15 000 - 25 000. Christie's removed the lot from the sale and later sold it as an authenticated Claude work, which consequently sold for £5 million in December 2013.