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Oil painting - Study of Cirrus Clouds
  • Study of Cirrus Clouds
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Study of Cirrus Clouds

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1822 (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:

    In Storage

Constable inscribed 'cirrus' on the reverse of this sketch. It shows his countryman's understanding of the weather. He also owned a copy of Researches about Atmospheric Phaenomena by Thomas Forster. It was published in 1815 'with a series of engravings, illustrative of the modifications of the clouds'.

Physical description

Blue, white, and grey study of wispy cirrus clouds.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


ca. 1822 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted by John Constable R.A.'
Inscribed on the back in ink, over an earlier inscription in ink (now illegible), which appears to have been written by the artist and perhaps reads 'cirrus'


Height: 114 mm estimate, Width: 178 mm estimate, Height: 45.2 cm Frame, Width: 50.2 cm Frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

In 1822 Constable's exhibits at the Royal Academy included: 'View on the Stour near Dedham' (now in the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino) (see sketch-book No. 132, p. 52), 'View from the Terrace, Hampstead' (see No. 252) and 'A study of Trees from Nature' (see No. 223). Constable's fourth child Isabel, the donor of the greater part of the collection catalogued here, was born at No. 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead, on 23 August.

[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 152]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch of Clouds by John Constable, England, c.1822

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

Morris, Edward, ed. Constable's Clouds: Paintings and Cloud Studies by John Constable , Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland ; Liverpool : National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, c2000. 176 p. : ill. (some col.). ISBN 1903278058 (paperback), 1903278066 (hardback).
Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 152, 153


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