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The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead

Oil Painting
1821-1822 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Constable painted this from the upper window of his house at 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead. It depicts a property remodelled by a retired admiral. He called the main roof his quarterdeck and celebrated special occasions by firing cannons in salute. Ten years later Constable exhibited a painting of this subject titled A Romantic House at Hampstead.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
oil on paper laid on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead', John Constable, 1821-1822
Physical Description
View of a house with a rainbow and trees.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 245mm
  • Estimate width: 292mm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973
Style
Credit line
Given by Isabel Constable
Object history
Given by Isabel Constable, 1888
Historical context
'In 1836 Constable's two exhibits at the Royal Academy were the 'Cenotaph to the memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds' (now in the Tate Gallery, No. 1272) and the watercolour 'Stonehenge' (No. 395 [1629-1888]). He gave four lectures on 'The History of Landscape Painting' at the Royal Institution in May and June of this year and his last lecture, at Hampstead, on 25 July. Constable died on 31 March 1837. His almost completed painting 'Arundel Mill and Castle' (now in the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; see No. 379 [260-1888]) was exhibited posthumously at the Royal Academy.'



[G Reynolds, 1973, p. 233]
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Constable painted this from the upper window of his house at 2 Lower Terrace, Hampstead. It depicts a property remodelled by a retired admiral. He called the main roof his quarterdeck and celebrated special occasions by firing cannons in salute. Ten years later Constable exhibited a painting of this subject titled A Romantic House at Hampstead.
Bibliographic References
  • Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 233, 237
  • Constable. 200 years in Hampstead Exhibition catalogue for exhibition at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, October 2012 - April 2013.
Other Number
402, plate 302 - Reynolds catalogue no.
Collection
Accession Number
137-1888

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record createdJuly 24, 2003
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