Constable was born in 1776 at East Bergholt. He began his professional career as a student at the Royal Academy Schools. Following the fashion for painting mountainous, Romantic scenery, he spent some time in Derbyshire and the Lake District, but it was only on his return to the quieter, less spectacular countryside of his native Suffolk that he developed his personal style. The V&A's collections include hundreds of works by Constable, including paintings, drawings and sketchbooks.
Biography of John Constable
John Constable (1776-1837) was born at East Bergholt, Suffolk, the fourth child of Golding and Ann Constable. In 1792 he began work in the flourishing family business, trading and transporting corn and coal on and around the River Stour. His ambition, however, was to be a painter.
Closed Exhibition - Constable: The Making of a Master
20 September 2014 - 11 January 2015. Constable: The Making of Master revealed the hidden stories of how John Constable created some of his most loved and well-known paintings. On display were such famous works as The Haywain together with the oil sketches he painted outdoors direct from nature.
British Watercolours 1750–1900
The South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria and Albert, opened in 1857. The first catalogue of the museum's collection of watercolours was published only nineteen years later in 1876, by which time the museum had acquired nearly 500 watercolours, today the collection numbers many thousands.