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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:

    125-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 88, 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)

Date

ca. 1821-1822 (painted)

Artist/maker

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

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

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Hampstead; Landscape

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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