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Watercolour - Derwentwater : stormy evening.
  • Derwentwater : stormy evening.
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Derwentwater : stormy evening.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lake District (made)

  • Date:

    6 October 1806 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 15

Physical description

View of a lake with a rocky, moutainous background. On the back are some pencil scribbles, a patch of watercolour, and some inscriptions.

Place of Origin

Lake District (made)


6 October 1806 (made)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'Derwent Lake- Sunday 6 Octr. 1806-Stormy Evening'
Inscribed on the back in pencil by the artist.

'24 Sepr-1806.'
Also on the back a faint inscription in pencil.

There is possibly another word on the back under Derwent.


Height: 10.5 cm, Width: 23.8 cm

Historical context note

'Constable's only exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1806 was No. 65 [169-1888]. In June he was at East Bergholt, as is attested by Nos. 66 and 67 [224-1888 and 346-1888]. In the autumn he paid a visit of some two months to the Lake District and made many drawings, among them Nos. 72-94 [794-1888, 348-1888, 192-1888, 812-1888, 170-1888, 185-1888, 188-1888, 184-1888, 187-1888, 178-1888, 179-1888, 177-1888, 193-1888, 183-1888, 1256-1888, 596-1888, 181-1888, 182-1888, 1257-1888, 811-1888, 349-1888].'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 56]

Descriptive line

Watercolour, 'Derwentwater : stormy evening' by Constable, 1806.

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

Hebron, Stephen, Conal Shields and Timothy Wilcox, The Solitude of Mountains. Constable and the Lake District. Grasmere: The Wordsworth Trust, 2006. ISBN 1905256108.
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 61, 64, 65


Pencil; Watercolour

Subjects depicted





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