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

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    05/09/1822 (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:

    Paintings, Room 88, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

In October 1822 Constable wrote that he had made 'about 50 carefull studies of skies tolerably large'. This one is inscribed on the reverse: 'looking S.E. noon. Wind very brisk. & effect bright & fresh. Clouds. moving very fast. With occasional very bright openings to the blue'.

Physical description

Blue, white, and grey study of clouds.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


05/09/1822 (painted)


John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Sepr. 5. 1822. looking S.E. noon. Windvery brisk. & effect bright & fresh. Clouds. moving very fast. with occasional very bright openings to the blue.'
Inscribed by the artist in ink on back

'Drawn by John. Augst--1822'
Inscribed in ink on the back with a child's pencil drawing of a house.


Height: 298 mm estimate, Width: 483 mm estimate, Height: 51.3 cm Frame, Width: 71.5 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 painting, 'Study of Clouds', John Constable, 1822

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

Catalogue of the Constable Collection, Graham Reynolds, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1973, pp. 152, 153


Oil paint; Paper


Oil painting

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