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Hampstead Heath, Branch Hill Pond

Oil Painting
1828 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Constable painted several versions of this composition. It is based on an oil sketch. The finished painting may be that praised by a critic as 'A rich and varied piece of colouring…A shower has apparently just passed over, and a few flitting clouds throw their flickering lights and shades over the country'.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief description
Oil painting entitled 'Hampstead Heath, Branch Hill Pond' by John Constable. Great Britain, 1828.
Physical description
Oil on canvas depicting a view on Hampstead Heath and Branch Hill Pond and a horse and buggy and figures in the foreground.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 59.6cm
  • Estimate width: 77.6cm
  • Frame height: 96.5cm (Note: Taken from frame)
  • Frame width: 114cm (Note: Taken from frame)
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'No 2 Landscape John Constable 35 Charlotte Street Fitzroy Square' (Inscribed in ink by the artist on a label on the stretcher. This is the usual form of label for paintings exhibited by Constable at the Royal Academy, see also Museum No. FA. 33, 584-1888)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Historical context
In 1828 Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy two paintings called 'Landscape'. One was 'Dedham Vale' (National Gallery of Scotland, No. 2016); the other was 'Hampstead Heath' (No. 301 in this Catalogue [Museum No. FA.35]. His seventh child, Lionel Bicknell, was born on 2 January. Mrs. Constable died on 23 November.
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Summary
Constable painted several versions of this composition. It is based on an oil sketch. The finished painting may be that praised by a critic as 'A rich and varied piece of colouring…A shower has apparently just passed over, and a few flitting clouds throw their flickering lights and shades over the country'.
Bibliographic references
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, cat. no. 301
  • Ulrich Bischoff, Luc Tuymans & Andreas Dehmer, Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya: Shock to the senses. Dresden :Staatliche kunstsammlungen ;Sandstein,2013. 9783954980277
  • pp. 282/3Rubens and his legacy London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2014. ISBN: 9781907533778
Collection
Accession number
FA.35[O]

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Record createdNovember 12, 2002
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