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John Constable

Nationality: British

1776 - 1837

Constable was inspired by his native landscape, particularly the Suffolk countryside in eastern England, where he was born and lived. He initially took up painting as an amateur until he entered the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1799. He first exhibited there in 1802. Constable is known for his technically experimental approach to depicting nature. His oil sketches, despite their apparent spontaneity, were the result of careful study and reflection.

Place of Birth: East Bergholt
Place of Death: London

Text written and researched by Amy Marquis Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Associated paintings in this exhibition

Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset

52: Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset

John Constable

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

East Bergholt

104: East Bergholt

John Constable

Fitzwilliam Museum


103: Salisbury

John Constable

Fitzwilliam Museum

Sky Study with a Shaft of Sunlight

53: Sky Study with a Shaft of Sunlight

John Constable

Fitzwilliam Museum

View of Gardens at Hampstead, with an Elder Tree

56: View of Gardens at Hampstead, with an Elder Tree

John Constable

Fondation Custodia

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