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Drawing - A windmill, probably on the Downs near Brighton
  • A windmill, probably on the Downs near Brighton
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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A windmill, probably on the Downs near Brighton

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Brighton (The place is likely to be Brighton)

  • Date:

    ca 1824

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Grey wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    245-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 19

Physical description

A windmill, probably on the Downs near Brighton.
The sheet of paper on which the drawing is made has two vertical folds at the left-hand side, and a strip of about 15 mm. at this side is not drawn on. Along the left-hand of the two folds is a line of holes which may be sewing marks: these are 262 mm. from the right-hand edge, the same distance as the corresponding marks on No. 273 [Museum No. 605-1888]. This and the discoloration of the right-hand side suggest that the sheet may have come from the sketch-book discussed in the note following No. 262, to which No. 273-276 have been related. The style of drawing, and the method by which the outlines of the clouds are drawn with the point of the brush, show that the drawing was in any event made at about the same time as Nos. 275 and 276 (Museum No. and 276). The subject is therefore likely to be near Brighton.

Graham Reynolds.

Place of Origin

Brighton (The place is likely to be Brighton)

Date

ca 1824

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (drawn by)

Materials and Techniques

Grey wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm, Width: 27,4 cm

Object history note

Isabel Constable bequest 1888

Historical context note

In 1824 Constable's sole exhibit at the Royal Academy was 'A Boat passing a Lock' ('The Lock') (now in the collection of Mr. S. Morrison). 'The Hay Wain', the 'View on the Stour near Dedham' and a 'View of Hampstead Heath' were exhibited at the Salon in Paris in this year. He took his wife and family to Brighton for the first time in May, and himself spent some time in London and some with them in Brighton, returning before them at the end of August.

Descriptive line

John Constable, A Windmill, probably on the Downs near Brighton, c.1824,
Reynolds cat. no. 277

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 277, p. 172-173, ill. plate 211

Materials

Grey wash

Subjects depicted

Windmill

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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