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London from Hampstead; low horizon with tree tops of heath in foreground and distant view of city beyond
Watercolour over graphite
- Production date
- 1830-1833 (circa)
Height: 112 millimetres
Width: 187 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This watercolour was sketched from a window in Constable's house at 6 Well Walk Hampstead, and shows the view south towards London. The mass breaking the horizon line to the left is the dome of St Paul's. Other watercolours of the view are in the Department, for example 1888-2-15-54 and 1888-2-12-50, dated 1831. 1888-2-15-53 is not dated but was certainly painted during the period 1830-33, when Constable made occasional sketches of effects which particularly interested him. It is somewhat unusual, in that it does not depict an oncoming storm, as most of the others do; though rain may be falling from the larger cloud on the right, above it, the broken lines seem to represent cirro-stratus, or a fair weather cloud. The combination of different sorts of clouds in the same sky is something which is much more common in Turner than in Constable, though the latter does refer to the pictorial possibilities such variety offers the painter in the letterpress to 'Spring', the first print of his 'English Landscape Scenery', published in June 1830.
See also the curator's comment for 1888,0215.52.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.446(a)
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, Section 80
1972/3 Oct-Jan, Munich, Haus der Kunst, 'Das Aquarell 1400-1950', no.117
1993 Jan-Apr, London, Royal Academy, 'British Watercolours', no. 28
2001 Mar-Jul, London, Museum of London, 'Creative Quarters'
2002/3 Oct-Feb, Hamburg, Kunsthalle, Artists, Explorers, Travellers ... 1800
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950
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