John Constable

Rooms 87 – 88: The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

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John Constable, 1821

John Constable (1776 – 1837) transformed the way we see the English landscape. Our rich collection of works by Constable ranges from drawings made directly from nature, to oil paintings that demonstrate the inventiveness and vitality for which he is renowned. Highlights include the full-scale preparatory sketch for 'The Hay Wain'.

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Constable was among the earliest artists in the V&A's collection thanks to an 1856 donation of six paintings by the collector John Sheepshanks. However, the heart of this incredible collection was provided by Isabel Constable, the artist's daughter. Her donation of 297 drawings and watercolours, 92 oil sketches, three easel paintings and three sketchbooks provides an unparalleled insight into the work and process of this master.

Collection Highlights

drawing
A Mill on the Banks of the River Stour, drawing, by John Constable, 1802, England
oil painting
Boat building near Flatford Mill, oil painting, by John Constable, about 1815, England
oil painting
Shoreham Bay, Evening Sunset, oil painting, by John Constable, 1828, England
Brighton Beach, oil painting, John Constable, 1824, Britain. Museum no. 783-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
oil painting
A Hayfield near East Bergholt at Sunset, oil painting, by John Constable, 1812, England
oil painting
The State Opening of Waterloo Bridge from Whitehall Stairs, oil painting, by John Constable, about 1819, England
watercolour
Old Sarum, watercolour, by John Constable, 1834, Salisbury, England
drawing
View of The Stour With Dedham Church in the Distance, drawing, by John Constable, about 1832 – 36, England
oil painting
Study of the Trunk of an Elm Tree, oil painting, by John Constable, about 1821, Britain
watercolour
A Suffolk Child, a sketch for The Valley Farm, watercolour, by John Constable, about 1835, England
oil painting
Salisbury Cathedral from The Bishop`s Ground, oil painting, by John Constable, 1823, England

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Background image: Background image: Shoreham Bay, Evening Sunset, John Constable, 1828, England. Museum no. 155-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Shoreham Bay, Evening Sunset, John Constable, 1828, England. Museum no. 155-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London