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John Constable (1776-1837), Landscape painter

Sitter in 6 portraits
Artist associated with 6 portraits
Constable is celebrated as one of England's greatest and most progressive landscape artists. He drew lifelong inspiration from his native Suffolk. In 1802 he declared that 'natural painture' - or landscape - could rival history painting. He made hundreds of outdoor oil sketches, which capture the changing skies with near scientific precision; these helped him bring an immediacy and authenticity to exhibition works developed in the studio. Constable met with little contemporary success at home. However The Hay Wain (1821) did receive a gold medal at the 1824 Paris Salon.

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John Constable

by John Constable
pencil and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk, circa 1799-1804
On display at Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK in the exhibition 'John Constable: the Making of an Artist'
NPG 901

D38005

William Walker

by William Ward, after John Constable
mezzotint, before 1826
NPG D38005

D38006

William Walker

by William Ward, after John Constable
mezzotint, before 1826
NPG D38006

D4862

John Wingfield

by William James Ward, after John Constable
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D4862

D8756

John Wingfield

by William James Ward, after John Constable
mezzotint, published 1827
NPG D8756

D1519

'Little Roxalana' (Maria Louise ('Minna') Constable)

by David Lucas, after John Constable
mezzotint, circa 1845 (1820)
NPG D1519