John Constable

Rooms 87 – 88: The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries

Plan a visit

The sky is the source of light in nature and it governs everything

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'.

Read more
See less
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, John Constable, 1802, England. Museum no. 841-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Boat building near Flatford Mill, John Constable (1776 - 1837), English, about 1815, Oil on canvas. Museum no. CIS. FA.3
Shoreham Bay, Evening Sunset, oil painting, John Constable, 1828, Britain. Museum no. 155-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Brighton Beach, oil painting, John Constable, 1824, Britain. Museum no. 783-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Hayfield, Sunset near East Bergholt, oil painting, 1812, Britain. Museum no. 121-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The State Opening of Waterloo Bridge from Whitehall Stairs, oil painting, John Constable, about 1819, Britain. Museum no. 322-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Old Sarum, watercolour, John Constable, 1834, Britain. Museum no. 1628-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
View of The Stour With Dedham Church in the Distance, pencil & sepia wash drawing, John Constable, about 1832, Britain. Museum no. 249-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Study of the Trunk of an Elm Tree, oil painting, John Constable, about 1821, Britain. Museum no. 786-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A Suffolk Child, a sketch for The Valley Farm, pencil & watercolour drawing, John Constable, about 1835, Britain. Museum no. 600-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Salisbury Cathedral from The Bishop`s Ground, oil painting, John Constable, 1823, Britain. Museum no. FA.33. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Features

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