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Oil sketch - Study of sky and trees, with a red house, at Hampstead
  • Study of sky and trees, with a red house, at Hampstead
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Study of sky and trees, with a red house, at Hampstead

  • Object:

    Oil sketch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    12 September 1821 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 52, shelf R

Physical description

Study of a blue sky with white clouds, trees, and the edge of a red house.

Place of Origin

England (made)


12 September 1821 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sepr. 12. 1821. Noon. Wind fresh at West ... [3 or 4 words are erased here] Sun very Hot. looking southward exceedingly bright vivid & Glowing, very heavy showers in the Afternoon but a fine evening. High wind in the night.'
Inscribed on the back by the artist

'Sepr. 10 1821 Eleven o'clock Sultry with a warm gentle rain falling large heavy clouds... [a word here is illegible] a heavy downpour and thunder'
Above the prevous inscription, also in ink by the artist, but deleted

Maria Louise Constable.
Also inscribed on the left in ink


Height: 24.1 cm estimate, Width: 29.8 cm estimate, Height: 50 cm Frame, Width: 54.5 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

The chief of Constable's four exhibits in 1821 was 'Landscape: Noon' ('The Hay Wain') (National Gallery No. 1207; for the full-scale sketch see No. 209 [987-1900] in this Catalogue). His third child, Charles Golding Constable, was born on 29 March. He accompanied Archdeacon John Fisher on his visitation of Berkshire in June, took No. 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead, for his family during the summer and autumn and paid a visit to Fisher at Salisbury in November.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 135]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch, 'Study of sky and trees, with a red house, at Hampstead' by Constable.

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

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 135, 141, 146, 147


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Trees; Clouds




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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