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John Constable

Born: Suffolk, 11 June 1776
Died: Hampstead, 31 March 1837
Nationality: English

son of Golding Constable, a wealthy country merchant and miller


with Joseph Farington and George Beaumont at the Royal Academy (1799)


1802 – begins exhibiting at Royal Academy

1808 – begins producing oil sketches from nature

1814 – begins submitting paintings to Royal Academy in hope of being elected an Associate

1816 – marries and settles in London

1819 – elected RA Associate; move to Hampstead; first cloud studies

1824 – The Haywain and View on the Stour near Dedham sold to John Arrowsmith, a Parisian art dealer; awarded gold medal at the Paris Salon for Haywain; moves to Brighton

1829 – full member of RA

1830s – lectures on history of landscape at Hampstead Literary and Scientific Society; teaches life drawing  at RA; publishes English Landscape Scenery (1830), a series of mezzotints engraved by David Lucas

1834 – lectures at Worcester

1835 – lectures at the Royal Institution


Lake District (1806); Salisbury (1811; 1820); East Bergholt (1817); Arundel (1834, 1835); regular visits to Hampstead (from 1819-1824)

Commissions from: 

 Dr. John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury; John Arrowsmith

Web Resources

Metmuseum: Constable