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Hampstead Heath, Branch Hill Pond

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1828 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 87, case WEST WALL

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'.

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.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1828 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'No 2 Landscape John Constable 35 Charlotte Street Fitzroy Square'


Height: 59.6 cm estimate, Width: 77.6 cm estimate, Height: 96.5 cm Frame, Width: 114 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Historical context note

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.

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Hampstead Heath, Branch Hill Pond' by John Constable. Great Britain, 1828.

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

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
Rubens and his legacy London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2014. ISBN: 9781907533778


Oil colour; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Branch Hill Pond; Pond; Landscapes (representations)


Images Online; Paintings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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