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Oil sketch - View in a Garden with a red house beyond
  • View in a Garden with a red house beyond
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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View in a Garden with a red house beyond

  • Object:

    Oil sketch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1821 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 31, box L

It is thought that Constable painted this view from an upstairs window of his home in Lower Terrace, Hampstead, looking over his own garden and towards a neighbouring house. The effect of motion in the trees on a windy day is conveyed by vivid dabs of yellow and white paint.

Physical description

Dark landscape with a red house and clothes on a clothes line.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1821 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 35.5 cm estimate, Width: 30.5 cm estimate, Height: 54.5 cm Frame, Width: 50 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, 'View in a garden with a red house beyond' by Constable.

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

Schulze, Sabine, (ed.) The Painter's Garden: Design, Inspiration, Delight, Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 135, 144, 146, 147
Gayford, Martin and Anne Lyles, Constable portraits: the painter and his circle, London, National Portrait Gallery, 2009.


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

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