Harwich: the seashore and lighthouse

Harwich: the seashore and lighthouse

This atmospheric drawing of the misty, windswept seashore at Harwich was the sketch for the oil painting 'Harwich: Sea and Lighthouse' which Constable probably exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820 (now in Tate Britain). However, there has been some debate about when exactly he made the sketch. Constable's handwriting was difficult to read and his spelling idiosyncratic. While the inscription on the lower right was once thought to read '1815', the last figure in the date is now illegible.