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Oil painting - Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead
  • Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1821-1822 (painted)

  • 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:

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

Branch Hill Pond was one of Constable's favourite subjects. This sketch depicts the view from Jack Straw's Castle, an old coaching inn. In September 1821 Constable wrote: 'We have had noble clouds & effects of light & dark & colour - as is always the case with such seasons as the present'.

Physical description

Landscape with low horizon, painted in direct sunlight.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1821-1822 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas


Height: 24.5 cm estimate, Width: 39.4 cm estimate, Height: 51 cm Frame, Width: 61.1 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 painting, 'Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead', John Constable, ca. 1821-1822

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

Gray, Anne and John Gage, Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2006
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 135, 145-147
The Abstraction of Landscape: From Northern Romanticism to Abstract Impressionism, Madrid: Fundación Juan March, 2007
Ulrich Bischoff, Luc Tuymans & Andreas Dehmer, Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya: Shock to the senses. Dresden :Staatliche kunstsammlungen ;Sandstein,2013. 9783954980277


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

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