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Oil painting - The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead
  • The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1821-1822 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on paper laid on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Isabel Constable

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 33, shelf L

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.

Physical description

View of a house with a rainbow and trees.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1821-1822 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper laid on canvas


Height: 245 mm estimate, Width: 292 mm estimate

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'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]

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'The Grove, or Admiral's House, Hampstead', John Constable, 1821-1822

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

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.


Oil paint; Paper; Canvas


Oil painting

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