John Constable

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John Constable
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John Constable by Daniel Gardner, 1796
Born(1776-06-11)11 June 1776
East Bergholt, Suffolk, England
Died31 March 1837(1837-03-31) (aged 60)
London, England
Resting place St John-at-Hampstead, London
NationalityBritish
Known forLandscape painting
Notable work The Hay Wain
Dedham Vale
Movement Romanticism

John Constable RA ( /ˈkʌnstəbəl,ˈkɒn-/ ; [1] 11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English landscape painter in the Romantic tradition. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for revolutionising the genre of landscape painting [2] with his pictures of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home – now known as "Constable Country" – which he invested with an intensity of affection. "I should paint my own places best", he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, "painting is but another word for feeling". [3]

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Constable's most famous paintings include Wivenhoe Park (1816), Dedham Vale (1821) and The Hay Wain (1821). [4] Although his paintings are now among the most popular and valuable in British art, he was never financially successful. He became a member of the establishment after he was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts at the age of 52. His work was embraced in France, where he sold more than in his native England and inspired the Barbizon school.

Early career

John Constable, Self-portrait 1806, pencil on paper, Tate Gallery London. His only indisputable self-portrait, drawn by an arrangement of mirrors. ConstableSelfPortrait.png
John Constable, Self-portrait 1806, pencil on paper, Tate Gallery London. His only indisputable self-portrait, drawn by an arrangement of mirrors.
Plaque in East Bergholt marking the site of Constable's childhood home Constable childhood home plaque.jpg
Plaque in East Bergholt marking the site of Constable’s childhood home

John Constable was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk, to Golding and Ann (Watts) Constable. [6] His father was a wealthy corn merchant, owner of Flatford Mill in East Bergholt and, later, Dedham Mill in Essex. Golding Constable owned a small ship, The Telegraph, which he moored at Mistley on the Stour estuary, and used to transport corn to London. [7] He was a cousin of the London tea merchant, Abram Newman. Although Constable was his parents' second son, his older brother was intellectually disabled and John was expected to succeed his father in the business. After a brief period at a boarding school in Lavenham, [8] he was enrolled in a day school in Dedham, Essex. [9] Constable worked in the corn business after leaving school, but his younger brother Abram eventually took over the running of the mills. [10]

In his youth, Constable embarked on amateur sketching trips in the surrounding Suffolk and Essex countryside, which was to become the subject of a large proportion of his art. [11] These scenes, in his own words, "made me a painter, and I am grateful"; "the sound of water escaping from mill dams etc., willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork, I love such things." [12] He was introduced to George Beaumont, a collector, who showed him his prized Hagar and the Angel by Claude Lorrain, which inspired Constable. [13] Later, while visiting relatives in Middlesex, he was introduced to the professional artist John Thomas Smith, who advised him on painting but also urged him to remain in his father's business rather than take up art professionally.

The Vale of Dedham (1828). Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh John Constable - The Vale of Dedham - Google Art Project.jpg
The Vale of Dedham (1828). Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

In 1799, Constable persuaded his father to let him pursue a career in art, and Golding granted him a small allowance. Entering the Royal Academy Schools as a probationer, he attended life classes and anatomical dissections, and studied and copied old masters. Among works that particularly inspired him during this period were paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Lorrain, Peter Paul Rubens, Annibale Carracci and Jacob van Ruisdael. [14] He also read widely among poetry and sermons, and later proved a notably articulate artist.

In 1802 he refused the position of drawing master at Great Marlow Military College (now Sandhurst), a move which Benjamin West (then master of the RA) counselled would mean the end of his career. In that year, Constable wrote a letter to John Dunthorne in which he spelled out his determination to become a professional landscape painter:

For the last two years I have been running after pictures, and seeking the truth at second hand... I have not endeavoured to represent nature with the same elevation of mind with which I set out, but have rather tried to make my performances look like the work of other men...There is room enough for a natural painter. The great vice of the present day is bravura, an attempt to do something beyond the truth. [15]

His early style has many qualities associated with his mature work, including a freshness of light, colour and touch, and reveals the compositional influence of the old masters he had studied, notably of Claude Lorrain. [16] Constable's usual subjects, scenes of ordinary daily life, were unfashionable in an age that looked for more romantic visions of wild landscapes and ruins. He made occasional trips farther afield.

By 1803, he was exhibiting paintings at the Royal Academy. In April he spent almost a month aboard the East Indiaman Coutts as it visited south-east ports while sailing from London to Deal before leaving for China. [17]

In 1806 Constable undertook a two-month tour of the Lake District. [18] He told his friend and biographer, Charles Leslie, that the solitude of the mountains oppressed his spirits, and Leslie wrote:

His nature was peculiarly social and could not feel satisfied with scenery, however grand in itself, that did not abound in human associations. He required villages, churches, farmhouses and cottages. [19]

Constable adopted a routine of spending winter in London and painting at East Bergholt in summer. In 1811 he first visited John Fisher and his family in Salisbury, a city whose cathedral and surrounding landscape were to inspire some of his greatest paintings.

Wivenhoe Park (1816). National Gallery of Art, Washington John Constable - Wivenhoe Park, Essex - Google Art Project.jpg
Wivenhoe Park (1816). National Gallery of Art, Washington

To make ends meet, Constable took up portraiture, which he found dull, though he executed many fine portraits. He also painted occasional religious pictures but, according to John Walker, "Constable's incapacity as a religious painter cannot be overstated." [20]

Another source of income was country house painting. In 1816, he was commissioned by Major-General Francis Slater-Rebow to paint his country home, Wivenhoe Park, Essex . [21] The Major-General also commissioned a smaller painting of the fishing lodge in the grounds of Alresford Hall, [21] which is now in the National Gallery of Victoria. [22] Constable used the money from these commissions towards his wedding with Maria Bicknell. [21]

Marriage

Maria Bicknell, painted by Constable in 1816. Tate Britain John Constable (1776-1837) - Maria Bicknell, Mrs John Constable - N02655 - National Gallery.jpg
Maria Bicknell, painted by Constable in 1816. Tate Britain

From 1809, his childhood friendship with Maria Elizabeth Bicknell developed into a deep, mutual love. Their marriage in 1816 when Constable was 40 was opposed by Maria's grandfather, Dr Rhudde, rector of East Bergholt. He considered the Constables his social inferiors and threatened Maria with disinheritance. Maria's father, Charles Bicknell, solicitor to George IV and the Admiralty, [23] was reluctant to see Maria throw away her inheritance. Maria pointed out to John that a penniless marriage would detract from any chances he had of making a career in painting. Golding and Ann Constable, while approving the match, held out no prospect of supporting the marriage until Constable was financially secure. After they died in quick succession, Constable inherited a fifth share in the family business.

Weymouth Bay (c. 1816). National Gallery, London John Constable 027.jpg
Weymouth Bay (c. 1816). National Gallery, London

John and Maria's marriage in October 1816 at St Martin-in-the-Fields (with Fisher officiating) was followed by time at Fisher's vicarage and a honeymoon tour of the south coast. The sea at Weymouth and Brighton stimulated Constable to develop new techniques of brilliant colour and vivacious brushwork. At the same time, a greater emotional range began to be expressed in his art. [24]

Three weeks before their marriage, Constable revealed that he had started work on his most ambitious project to date [25] In a letter to Maria Bicknell from East Bergholt, he wrote:

’I am now in the midst of a large picture here which I had contemplated for the next exhibition [25]

Hylands House, Epsom. The grand townhouse where Constable lived from 1809 to 1811. Hylands House Epsom.jpg
Hylands House, Epsom. The grand townhouse where Constable lived from 1809 to 1811.

The picture was Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River) . It was the largest canvas of a working scene on the River Stour that he had worked on to date and the largest he would ever complete largely outdoors. [26] Constable was determined to paint on a larger scale, his objective not only to attract more attention at the Royal Academy exhibitions but also, it seems, to project his ideas about landscape on a scale more in keeping with the achievements of the classical landscape painters he so admired. [27] Although Flatford Mill failed to find a buyer when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817, [25] its fine and intricate execution drew much praise, encouraging Constable to move on to the even larger canvases that were to follow. [26]

The ‘Six-Footers’

The White Horse (1819). Frick Collection The White Horse by John Constable - Google Art Project.jpg
The White Horse (1819). Frick Collection

Although he managed to scrape an income from painting, it was not until 1819 that Constable sold his first important canvas, The White Horse , described by Charles Robert Leslie as ‘on many accounts the most important picture Constable ever painted'. [28] The painting (without the frame) sold for the substantial price of 100 guineas to his friend John Fisher, finally providing Constable with a level of financial freedom he had never before known. [29] The White Horse marked an important turning point in Constable’s career; its success saw him elected an associate of the Royal Academy [30] and it led to a series of six monumental landscapes depicting narratives on the River Stour known as the ‘six-footers’ (named for their scale). Viewed as ‘the knottiest and most forceful landscapes produced in 19th-century Europe’, [31] for many they are the defining works of the artist's career. The series also includes Stratford Mill , 1820 (National Gallery, London); The Hay Wain , 1821 (National Gallery, London); View on the Stour near Dedham, 1822 (Huntington Library and Art Gallery, Los Angeles County); The Lock , 1824 (Private Collection); and The Leaping Horse, 1825 (Royal Academy of Arts, London). [28]

The following year, his second six-footer Stratford Mill was exhibited. [32] The Examiner described it as having ‘a more exact look of nature than any picture we have ever seen by an Englishman’. [32] The painting was a success, acquiring a buyer in the loyal John Fisher, [33] who purchased it for 100 guineas, a price he himself thought too low. [34] Fisher bought the painting for his solicitor and friend, John Pern Tinney. [32] Tinney loved the painting so much, he offered Constable another 100 guineas to paint a companion picture, an offer the artist didn’t take up. [32]

The Hay Wain (1821). National Gallery, London John Constable - The Hay Wain (1821).jpg
The Hay Wain (1821). National Gallery, London

In 1821, his most famous painting The Hay Wain was shown at the Royal Academy's exhibition. Although it failed to find a buyer, It was viewed by some important people of the time, including two Frenchmen, the artist Théodore Géricault and writer Charles Nodier. [35] According to the painter Eugène Delacroix, Géricault returned to France ’quite stunned‘ by Constable’s painting, [35] while Nodier suggested French artists should also look to nature rather than relying on trips to Rome for inspiration. [35] It was eventually purchased, along with View on the Stour near Dedham, by the Anglo-French dealer John Arrowsmith, in 1824. [33] A small painting of Yarmouth Jetty was added to the bargain by Constable, with the sale totalling £250. [33] Both paintings were exhibited at the Paris Salon that year, where they caused a sensation, with the Hay Wain being awarded a gold medal by Charles X. [35] The Hay Wain was later acquired by the collector Henry Vaughan who donated it to the National Gallery in 1886.

Of Constable's colour, Delacroix wrote in his journal: "What he says here about the green of his meadows can be applied to every tone". [36] Delacroix repainted the background of his 1824 Massacre de Scio after seeing the Constables at Arrowsmith's Gallery, which he said had done him a great deal of good. [37]

The Lock (1824). Private collection John Constable A Boat Passing a Lock.jpg
The Lock (1824). Private collection

A number of distractions meant that The Lock wasn't finished in time for the 1823 exhibition, leaving the much smaller Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds as the artist's main entry. [32] This may have occurred after Fisher forwarded Constable the money for the painting. [32] This both helped him out of a financial difficulty and nudged him along to get the painting done. [32] The Lock was therefore exhibited the following year to more fanfare and sold for 150 guineas [38] on the first day of the exhibition, the only Constable ever to do so. [39] The Lock is the only upright landscape of the Stour series and the only six-footer that Constable painted more than one version of. A second version now known as the ‘Foster version’ was painted in 1825 and kept by the artist to send to exhibitions. [39] A third, landscape version, known as ‘A Boat Passing a Lock’ (1826) is now in the collection of the Royal Academy of Arts. [40] Constable’s final attempt, The Leaping Horse, was the only six-footer from the Stour series that didn’t sell in Constable’s lifetime. [41]

Later life

Constable’s pleasure at his own success was dampened after his wife started displaying symptoms of tuberculosis. [42] Her growing illness meant that Constable took lodgings for his family in Brighton from 1824 until 1828, [2] in the hope the sea air could restore her health. [43] During this period Constable split his time between Charlotte Street in London and Brighton. This change saw Constable move away from large scale Stour scenes in favour of coastal scenes. [44] He continued painting six-foot canvases, although he was initially unsure of the suitability of Brighton as a subject for painting. [45] In a letter to Fisher in 1824 he wrote

The magnificence of the sea, and its (to use your own beautiful expression) everlasting voice, is drowned in the din & lost in the tumult of stage coaches - gigs - “flys” &c. -and the beach is only Piccadilly (that part of it where we dined) by the sea-side. [45]

In his lifetime, Constable sold only 20 paintings in England, but in France he sold more than 20 in just a few years. Despite this, he refused all invitations to travel internationally to promote his work, writing to Francis Darby: "I would rather be a poor man [in England] than a rich man abroad." [20] In 1825, perhaps due partly to the worry of his wife's ill-health, the uncongeniality of living in Brighton ("Piccadilly by the seaside" [46] ), and the pressure of numerous outstanding commissions, he quarreled with Arrowsmith and lost his French outlet.

Hadleigh Castle (1829). Yale Center for British Art John Constable - Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames--Morning after a Stormy Night - Google Art Project.jpg
Hadleigh Castle (1829). Yale Center for British Art

Chain Pier, Brighton was his only ambitious six-foot painting of a Brighton subject, it was exhibited in 1827. [47] The Constables persevered in Brighton for five years to aid Maria’s health, but to no avail. [47] After the birth of their seventh child in January 1828, they returned to Hampstead where Maria died on 23 November at the age of 41. [48] Intensely saddened, Constable wrote to his brother Golding, "hourly do I feel the loss of my departed Angel—God only knows how my children will be brought up...the face of the World is totally changed to me". [49]

Thereafter, he dressed in black and was, according to Leslie, "a prey to melancholy and anxious thoughts". He cared for his seven children alone for the rest of his life. The children were John Charles, Maria Louisa, Charles Golding, Isobel, Emma, Alfred, and Lionel. Only Charles Golding Constable produced offspring, a son. [50]

Shortly before Maria died, her father had also died, leaving her £20,000. Constable speculated disastrously with the money, paying for the engraving of several mezzotints of some of his landscapes in preparation for a publication. He was hesitant and indecisive, nearly fell out with his engraver, and when the folios were published, could not interest enough subscribers. Constable collaborated closely with mezzotinter David Lucas on 40 prints after his landscapes, one of which went through 13 proof stages, corrected by Constable in pencil and paint. Constable said, "Lucas showed me to the public without my faults", but the venture was not a financial success. [51]

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831). Tate Britain Constable Salisbury meadows.jpg
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831). Tate Britain

This period saw his art move from the serenity of its earlier phase, to a more broken and accented style. [48] The turmoil and distress of his mind is clearly seen in his later six-foot masterpieces Hadleigh Castle (1829) [48] and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831), which are amongst his most expressive pieces.

He was elected to the Royal Academy in February 1829, at the age of 52. In 1831 he was appointed Visitor at the Royal Academy, where he seems to have been popular with the students.

He began to deliver public lectures on the history of landscape painting, which were attended by distinguished audiences. In a series of lectures at the Royal Institution, Constable proposed a three-fold thesis: firstly, landscape painting is scientific as well as poetic; secondly, the imagination cannot alone produce art to bear comparison with reality; and thirdly, no great painter was ever self-taught.

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Constable's tomb at the church of St John-at-Hampstead, London
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The inscription on Constable's tomb

He also spoke against the new Gothic Revival movement, which he considered mere "imitation".

In 1835, his last lecture to students of the Royal Academy, in which he praised Raphael and called the Academy the "cradle of British art", was "cheered most heartily". [52] He died on the night of 31 March 1837, apparently from heart failure, and was buried with Maria in the graveyard of St John-at-Hampstead Church in Hampstead in London. (His children John Charles Constable and Charles Golding Constable are also buried in this family tomb.)

Locations

Bridge Cottage is a National Trust property, open to the public. Nearby Flatford Mill and Willy Lott's Cottage (the house visible in The Hay Wain ) are used by the Field Studies Council for courses. The largest collection of original Constable paintings outside London is on display at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. Somerville College, Oxford is in possession of a portrait by Constable.

Art

The Cornfield (1826) National Gallery, London Constable - The Cornfield.jpg
The Cornfield (1826) National Gallery, London

Constable quietly rebelled against the artistic culture that taught artists to use their imagination to compose their pictures rather than nature itself. He told Leslie, "When I sit down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing I try to do is to forget that I have ever seen a picture". [53]

Constable attributed his gift 'to all that lay on the Stour river', however, biographer Anthony Bailey attributed his artistic development to the influence of his well to do relative, Thomas Allen and the London contacts he introduced Constable to. [54]

Although Constable produced paintings throughout his life for the "finished" picture market of patrons and R.A. exhibitions, constant refreshment in the form of on-the-spot studies was essential to his working method. He was never satisfied with following a formula. "The world is wide", he wrote, "no two days are alike, nor even two hours; neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other." [55]

Constable painted many full-scale preliminary sketches of his landscapes to test the composition in advance of finished pictures. These large sketches, with their free and vigorous brushwork, were revolutionary at the time, and they continue to interest artists, scholars and the general public. The oil sketches of The Leaping Horse and The Hay Wain, for example, convey a vigour and expressiveness missing from Constable's finished paintings of the same subjects. Possibly more than any other aspect of Constable's work, the oil sketches reveal him in retrospect to have been an avant-garde painter, one who demonstrated that landscape painting could be taken in a totally new direction.

Stonehenge (1835). Victoria and Albert Museum, London John Constable - Stonehenge - Google Art Project.jpg
Stonehenge (1835). Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Constable's watercolours were also remarkably free for their time: the almost mystical Stonehenge, 1835, with its double rainbow, is often considered to be one of the greatest watercolours ever painted. [55] When he exhibited it in 1836, Constable appended a text to the title: "The mysterious monument of Stonehenge, standing remote on a bare and boundless heath, as much unconnected with the events of past ages as it is with the uses of the present, carries you back beyond all historical records into the obscurity of a totally unknown period." [56]

In addition to the full-scale oil sketches, Constable completed numerous observational studies of landscapes and clouds, determined to become more scientific in his recording of atmospheric conditions. The power of his physical effects was sometimes apparent even in the full-scale paintings which he exhibited in London; The Chain Pier, 1827, for example, prompted a critic to write: "the atmosphere possesses a characteristic humidity about it, that almost imparts the wish for an umbrella". [3]

Seascape Study with Rain Cloud (c.1824). Royal Academy of Arts, London Constable - Seascape Study with Rain Cloud.jpg
Seascape Study with Rain Cloud (c.1824). Royal Academy of Arts, London

The sketches themselves were the first ever done in oils directly from the subject in the open air, with the notable exception of the oil sketches Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes made in Rome around 1780. To convey the effects of light and movement, Constable used broken brushstrokes, often in small touches, which he scumbled over lighter passages, creating an impression of sparkling light enveloping the entire landscape. One of the most expressionistic and powerful of all his studies is Seascape Study with Rain Cloud, painted about 1824 at Brighton, which captures with slashing dark brushstrokes the immediacy of an exploding cumulus shower at sea. [46] Constable also became interested in painting rainbow effects, for example in Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows , 1831, and in Cottage at East Bergholt , 1833.

To the sky studies he added notes, often on the back of the sketches, of the prevailing weather conditions, direction of light, and time of day, believing that the sky was "the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment" in a landscape painting. [57] In this habit he is known to have been influenced by the pioneering work of the meteorologist Luke Howard on the classification of clouds; Constable's annotations of his own copy of Researches About Atmospheric Phaenomena by Thomas Forster show him to have been fully abreast of meteorological terminology. [58] "I have done a good deal of skying", Constable wrote to Fisher on 23 October 1821; "I am determined to conquer all difficulties, and that most arduous one among the rest". [59]

Constable once wrote in a letter to Leslie, "My limited and abstracted art is to be found under every hedge, and in every lane, and therefore nobody thinks it worth picking up". [60] He could never have imagined how influential his honest techniques would turn out to be. Constable's art inspired not only contemporaries like Géricault and Delacroix, but the Barbizon School, and the French impressionists of the late nineteenth century.

In 2019 two drawings by Constable were unearthed in a dusty cardboard-box filled with drawings; the drawings sold for £60,000 and £32,000 at auction. [61] [62]

Selected paintings

Notes

  1. "Constable, John," Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  2. 1 2 V&A: John Constable - an introduction
  3. 1 2 Parkinson 1998 , p. 9
  4. Constable’s Wivenhoe Park is widely recognized as an important work in the artist’s career. Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Parris, Fleming-Williams & Shields 1976 , pp. 59–60
  6. John Constable was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk, to Golding Constable, a wealthy corn merchant and Ann (Watts) Constable. Delphi Collected Work of John Constable, 2015, page 14.
  7. Constable’s father — Golding Constable was a wealthy corn merchant, owner of Flatford Mill in East Bergholt and, later, Dedham Mill in Essex. He owned a small ship, The Telegraph, which he moored at Mistley on the Stour estuary, which he used to transport corn to London. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable, 2015, page 14
  8. [he] was transferred later to an establishment in the pretty, little town of Lavenham, where he suffered much at the hands of a flogging usher. Holmes, Charles John (1901), Constable, The Sign of the Unicorn, VII Cecil Court, St.Martin's Lane, London
  9. After a brief period at a boarding school in Lavenham, he was enrolled in a day school in Dedham. Constable, John. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 17) (p. 15). Delphi Classics. Kindle Edition.
  10. Constable worked in the corn business after leaving school, but his younger brother Abram eventually took over the running of the mills. Constable, John. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 17) (p. 15). Delphi Classics. Kindle Edition.
  11. In his youth, Constable embarked on amateur sketching trips in the surrounding Suffolk and Essex countryside, which in later years would inspire the majority of the subject matter of his canvases. Constable, John. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 17) (p. 15). Delphi Classics. Kindle Edition.
  12. Parkinson 1998 , p. 15
  13. At this time, he was introduced to George Beaumont, an art collector that showed the aspiring artist, amongst his many other treasures, his prized painting Hagar and the Angel by Claude Lorrain, which would have a profound influence on Constable. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable, p.15
  14. In 1799, Constable persuaded his father to let him pursue a career in art and Golding granted him a small allowance. Entering the Royal Academy Schools as a probationer, he attended life classes and anatomical dissections, as well as studying and copying old masters. Among works that particularly inspired him during this period were the landscapes of Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Lorrain, Peter Paul Rubens, Annibale Carracci and Jacob van Ruisdael. Constable, John. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 17) (p. 15). Delphi Classics. Kindle Edition.
  15. Thornes 1999, p. 96
  16. Parkinson 1998 , p. 17
  17. In 1803, Constable exhibited at the Academy two “Landscapes” and two “Studies from Nature”; and in April he made a trip from London to Deal, in the Coutts, East Indiaman, with Captain Torin, a friend of his father. Constable, John. Delphi Collected Works of John Constable (Illustrated) (Masters of Art Book 17) (p. 429). Delphi Classics. Kindle Edition.
  18. Parkinson 1998 , p. 18
  19. Parkinson 1998, p. 22
  20. 1 2 Walker 1979
  21. 1 2 3 Reynolds 1983 , p. 86
  22. NGV
  23. Information from Constable's gravestone
  24. Parkinson 1998 , p. 24
  25. 1 2 3 Tate: Flatford Mill
  26. 1 2 National Gallery of Art: Constable's Great Landscapes
  27. Tate: Constable: The Great Landscapes
  28. 1 2 Sotheby’s: The White Horse
  29. Sotheby’s: Landscapes of Constable Country
  30. Tate: Constable’s ‘Six-Footers’
  31. New York Times: Constable’s Great Landscapes
  32. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bailey 2007 , p. 116
  33. 1 2 3 Johnson 1991 , p. 614
  34. National Gallery: Stratford Mill
  35. 1 2 3 4 National Gallery: The Hay Wain - Description
  36. Kelder 1980 , p. 27
  37. Parkinson 1998 , p. 132
  38. Charles 2015 , p. 162
  39. 1 2 ssSotheby’s: The Lock
  40. R.A.: A Boat passing a Lock
  41. Bailey 2007 , p. 164
  42. Charles 2015 , p. 128
  43. Reynolds 1983 , p. 18
  44. Thornes 1999 , p. 128
  45. 1 2 Tate: Chain Pier, Brighton
  46. 1 2 Thornes 1999 , p. 128
  47. 1 2 Reynolds 1983 , p. 20
  48. 1 2 3 Reynolds 1983 , p. 21
  49. Parkinson 1998 , p. 33
  50. "Chapter 33". www.bomford.net. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  51. Mayor 1980 , nos 455–460
  52. Parkinson 1998 , p. 50
  53. Thornes 1999 , p. 51
  54. Bailey, Anthony (2008), John Constable : a kingdom of his own, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, OCLC   218805873 , retrieved 2 October 2022
  55. 1 2 Parkinson 1998 , p. 64
  56. Parkinson 1998 , p. 89
  57. Parkinson 1998 , p. 110
  58. Thornes 1999 , p. 68
  59. Thornes 1999 , p. 56
  60. Parkinson 1998 , p. 129
  61. "Unearthed John Constable drawings sell for £92k – Addison Gazette" . Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  62. Alberge, Dalya (3 February 2019). "John Constable sketches found among box of dusty drawings by son of playwright during clearout" . The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 25 May 2019 via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  63. Thompson, Jennifer A. "The Stour by John Constable (cat. 857)". The John G. Johnson Collection: A History and Selected Works. A Philadelphia Museum of Art free digital publication.
  64. "John Constable's Stour Valley location mystery solved". BBC News. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  65. Thompson, Jennifer A. "Two Donkeys by John Constable (inv. 155)". The John G. Johnson Collection: A History and Selected Works. A Philadelphia Museum of Art free digital publication.

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The Hay Wain – originally titled Landscape: Noon – is a painting by John Constable, completed in 1821, which depicts a rural scene on the River Stour between the English counties of Suffolk and Essex. It hangs in the National Gallery in London and is regarded as "Constable's most famous image" and one of the greatest and most popular English paintings.

<i>The Cornfield</i> Painting by John Constable

The Cornfield is an oil painting by the English artist John Constable, completed from January to March 1826 in the artist’s studio. The painting shows a lane leading from East Bergholt toward Dedham, Essex, and depicts a young shepherd boy drinking from a pool in the heat of summer. The location is along Fen Lane, which the artist knew well. Constable referred to the piece as The Drinking Boy.

John Northcote Nash was a British painter of landscapes and still-lives, and a wood engraver and illustrator, particularly of botanic works. He was the younger brother of the artist Paul Nash.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brantham</span> Human settlement in England

Brantham is a village and civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. It is located close to the River Stour and the border with Essex, around 2 miles (3 km) north of Manningtree, and around 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Ipswich.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bridge Cottage</span> Historic cottage in Flatford, Suffolk, England

Bridge Cottage is a 16th-century thatched cottage in Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. It has been a National Trust property since 1943 and a Grade II* listed building since 1955. The National Trust market the property under the name "Flatford: Bridge Cottage". The building is timber framed, but this is not evident from the outside as it is rendered.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dedham Vale</span>

Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Essex-Suffolk border in east England. It comprises the area around the River Stour between Manningtree and Smallbridge Farm, 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Bures, including the village of Dedham in Essex.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dedham, Essex</span> Human settlement in England

Dedham is a village within the borough of Colchester in northeast Essex, England, on the River Stour and the border of Essex and Suffolk. The nearest town to Dedham is the small market town of Manningtree.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Willy Lott's Cottage</span> Iconic house depicted in famous painting

Willy Lott's Cottage is a house in Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England which appears in several paintings by John Constable, notably The Hay Wain.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Flatford Mill</span> Watermill in East Bergholt, United Kingdom

Flatford Mill is a Grade I listed watermill on the River Stour at Flatford in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. According to the date-stone the mill was built in 1733, but some of the structure may be earlier. Attached to the mill is a 17th-century miller's cottage which is also Grade I listed. The property is in Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape.

<i>Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill</i> Painting by John Constable

Weymouth Bay: Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill was painted by the leading English landscape artist John Constable between 1816 and 1817. It is the second of three oil versions of this view painted by Constable and now hangs in the National Gallery, London.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Flatford</span> Human settlement in England

Flatford is a small hamlet close to East Bergholt in Suffolk. It is most famous for Flatford Mill, Willy Lott's Cottage and Bridge Cottage, immortalised in the paintings of John Constable.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tate Britain</span> Art museum in London, England

Tate Britain, known from 1897 to 1932 as the National Gallery of British Art and from 1932 to 2000 as the Tate Gallery, is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London, England. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country. The museum had 525,144 visitors in 2021, an increase of 34 percent from 2020 but still well below pre- COVID-19 pandemic levels. but still ranked 50th on the list of most-visited art museums in the world.

<i>The Lock</i> (Constable) Painting by John Constable

The Lock is an oil painting by English artist John Constable, finished in 1824. It depicts a rural scene on the River Stour in the English county of Suffolk, one of six paintings within the Six-Footer series. It was auctioned for £22,441,250 at Christie's in London on 3 July 2012.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Michael Rosenthal</span>

Michael J. Rosenthal is emeritus professor of the history of art at the University of Warwick. He is a specialist both in British art and culture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the arts of early colonial Australia.

<i>The Vale of Dedham</i> (painting) Painting by John Constable

The Vale of Dedham is an 1828 oil painting by the English painter John Constable which depicts Dedham Vale on the Essex-Suffolk border in eastern England. It is in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

<i>The White Horse</i> (Constable) Painting by John Constable

The White Horse is an oil on canvas landscape painting by the English artist John Constable. It was completed in 1819 and is now in the Frick Collection in New York City.

<i>Stratford Mill</i> (Constable) Painting by John Constable

Stratford Mill is an 1820 oil on canvas painting by the British landscape artist John Constable. It is the second painting in the series of ‘six-footers’ depicting working scenes on the River Stour, a series that includes The Hay Wain. The painting is now in the collection of the National Gallery in London.