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Oil - Sketch at Hampstead: Evening
  • Sketch at Hampstead: Evening
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Sketch at Hampstead: Evening

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)
    Hampstead (probably, made)

  • Date:

    28/10/1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 29, shelf L

Physical description

Landscape scene with a bright sunset.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)
Hampstead (probably, made)


28/10/1820 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on card

Marks and inscriptions

'28th Octr. fine Evening Wind Gentle at S.W.'
Inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist; the inscription is repeated in ink, together with the monogram 'JC'. Also on the back are brush scribbles, mainly in green, and a comic face.


Height: 15.9 cm approx., Width: 20.3 cm approx., Height: 45.2 cm Frame, Width: 50.2 cm Frame, Depth: 3.2 cm

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

In 1820 Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy 'Stratford Mill' (now in the collection of Sir Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan) and 'A View of Harwich Lighthouse' (see No. 142 [302-1888] above).
He stayed with Fisher at Salisbury in July and August, settled his wife and children at Hampstead by 1 September, and paid a brief visit to Malvern Hall.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 127]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch of the sky over Hampstead by Constable, England, 19th century.

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

Morris, Edward, ed. Constable's Clouds: Paintings and Cloud Studies by John Constable , Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland ; Liverpool : National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, c2000. 176 p. : ill. (some col.). ISBN 1903278058 (paperback), 1903278066 (hardback).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 124, 135


Oil paint; Card


Oil painting




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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