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Oil painting - Study of Sky and Trees
  • Study of Sky and Trees
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Study of Sky and Trees

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Hampstead (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    24/09/1821 (painted)

  • 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:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

John Constable painted this study of the sky in Hampstead during changeable weather. He wrote on the back: ‘Sepr. 24th. 10 o’clock morning wind S.W. warm & fine till afternoon, when it rained & wind got more to the north’.

Physical description

Oil study of cloudy sky with trees.

Place of Origin

Hampstead (probably, painted)


24/09/1821 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sepr. 24th . . 10 o'clock morning wind S.W. warm & fine till afternoon, when it rained & wind got more to the north'
Inscribed by the artist on ink on back

Inscribed (monogram) by the artist in ink on back


Height: 24.8 cm estimate, Width: 30.5 cm estimate, Height: 41 cm Frame, Width: 56.4 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

Study of sky and trees by John Constable (1776-1837); oil on paper; 24th September, 1821.

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

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 135, 142, 146, 147
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Tree; Cloud


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