Height: 168.000 mm
Width: 249.000 mm
Gift of Miss Isabel Constable
Prints and Drawings
John Constable, Stonehenge, a watercolour over black chalk
Wiltshire, England, AD 1820-35
'The mysterious monument'
Constable visited Stonehenge in July 1820,
where he made a sketch that was eventually worked up into a large
The double rainbow was a recurrent motif in Constable's later works, but Constable wavered on its symbolic meaning. Sometimes he picked out specific symbols in his work (seeing a ruin, for example, as himself after the death of his wife), but at other times the nature that he observed was simply nature - a rainbow meaning no more than 'the exhilaration of the returning sun'.
L. Stainton, British landscape watercolours (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
A. Wilton and A. Lyles, The great age of British Water (London, Royal Academy of Arts, and Munich, Prestel-Verlag, 1993)