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John Constable

(1776-1837), Landscape painter

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

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 Ramsay Richard Reinagle - NPG 1786

John Constable

by Ramsay Richard Reinagle
oil on canvas, circa 1799
On display in Room 17 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1786

John Constable, by John Constable - NPG 901

John Constable

by John Constable
pencil and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk, circa 1799-1804
NPG 901

John Constable, by Samuel Joseph - NPG 4063

John Constable

by Samuel Joseph
bronze cast of death-mask, 1958, based on a work of 1837
NPG 4063

John Constable, by Richard James Lane, after  Charles Robert Leslie - NPG D21958

John Constable

by Richard James Lane, after Charles Robert Leslie
lithograph, circa 1825-1850
NPG D21958

John Constable, by David Lucas, after  Charles Robert Leslie - NPG D1544

John Constable

by David Lucas, after Charles Robert Leslie
mezzotint, published 1843
NPG D1544

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