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Oil painting - Coast Scene at Brighton: Evening
  • Coast Scene at Brighton: Evening
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837
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Coast Scene at Brighton: Evening

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    possibly 22/05/1828 (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:

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

This view depicts the setting sun over Shoreham-by-Sea, west of Brighton. The location was praised as 'one of the most pleasant and rural situations in the vicinity'. The melancholy character of this sunset scene may be linked to the declining health of Constable's wife Maria, who died six months later.

Physical description

Painting with a low horizon with a sunset and figures.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


possibly 22/05/1828 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'22 May'
Inscribed by the artist in pencil on back; the date is repeated in ink by another hand


Height: 200 mm estimate, Width: 248 mm estimate, Height: 452 mm frame, Width: 504 mm frame, Depth: 40 mm frame

Object history note

Given by Isabel Constable, 1888

Historical context note

'In 1828 Constable exhibited at the Royal Academy two paintings called 'Landscape'. One was 'Dedham Vale' (National Gallery of Scotland, No. 2016); the other was 'Hampstead Heath' (No. 301 in this Catalogue [FA.35]). His seventh child, Lionel Bicknell, was born on 2 January. Mrs. Constable died on 23 November.'

[G Reynolds, 1973, p.185]

Descriptive line

Oil sketch, 'Coast scene at Brighton : evening', Constable, 19th century.

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. 185, 187-188
Shân Lancaster, ed. Constable and Brighton: something out of nothing. London : Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd, 2017. ISBN: 9781785510694.
p. 109


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Beaches; Sunset




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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