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Oil - Hove Beach, with Fishing Boats
  • Hove Beach, with Fishing Boats
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Hove Beach, with Fishing Boats

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1824 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper laid on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 98, box L

Physical description

Oil on paper laid on canvas depicting Hove Beach, with fishing boats

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1824 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper laid on canvas


Height: 29.8 cm approx., Width: 49.2 cm approx., Height: 51.3 cm Frame, Width: 71.4 cm Frame, Depth: 4 cm frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 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

Oil sketch of Hove Beach by Constable, ca. 1824.

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

Parris, Leslie and Fleming-Williams, Ian. Constable London : The Tate Gallery, 1991
Grey, Anne and John Gage Constable. Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2006. ISBN: 0642541566.
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 270
Christiana Payne and Janette Kerr, The Power of the Sea: Making Waves in British Art 1790 - 2014 ISBN: 978-1908326577

pp. 66-7
Shân Lancaster, ed. Constable and Brighton: something out of nothing. London : Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd, 2017. ISBN: 9781785510694.
p. 107

Labels and date

Constable made many small sketches of the sea and coast at Brighton in the years 1824 to 1828. In a letter to his great friend Archdeacon John Fisher, he laments the fact that the 'magnificence of the sea, and its (to use your own expression) everlasting voice' is drowned by the noise of tourists in central Brighton. Constable preferred to study it from the quieter stretch of beach in Hove, where the only onlookers were people like himself appreciative of the 'wildness and... sentiment of melancholy' it evoked.
From 'The Power of the Sea', The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 5 April- 6 July 2014. [2014]

Production Note

The scene has been identified by Mr. G. C. Beresford as a view from Hove
169 Beach, with Worthing on the extreme left, Highdown Hill nearer the centre, and Cissbury on the right. Holmes, p. 247, dates c.1824; the subject and style support this dating.(Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 270, p. 169-170)


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Beaches; Boats




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