John Constable, 'Fir Trees at Hampstead'

John Constable, 'Fir Trees at Hampstead'

John Constable (1776-1837)
'Fir Trees at Hampstead' Great Britain
1820
Pencil on paper
Museum no. 251-1888

The vertical inscription in the top right hand corner reads ‘Wedding day, Hampstead Octr. 2 1820’. However, Constable married in 1816 on 2 October, so it was the anniversary rather than the event itself. The low view point of the drawing emphasises the height and majesty of the trees. Compare it with Elm trees of a similar date and the earlier Study of ash and other trees.

This drawing can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 15.