John Constable (1776-1837)’View over London from Hampstead Heath, 1830′ Fridge Magnet


This magnet features the watercolour of ‘View over London from Hampstead Heath, 1830‘ by the Suffolk landscape artist John Constable (1776-1837).

The oil studies of clouds which Constable made between 1821 and 1822 in Hampstead are today justly celebrated. Less well known are the smaller studies of skies he made in watercolour, like this example, when living at the house he rented in Well Walk in Hampstead from 1827 as a permanent home for his family. From the back of the house he could paint the extensive views looking south and south-eastwards over the city of London and the Thames Valley. We know from Constable’s inscription on the back that this example was made on 5 September 1830, at ‘1 o’clock looking south-east Sunday’.

8 x 8.5 cm

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Constable was a skilled watercolourist. However, unlike his great contemporary J.M.W. Turner, he only used watercolour from time to time, chiefly at the beginning, and towards the end, of his career. The medium is of course particularly suited to capturing swiftly passing clouds and transient, atmospheric effects.

John Constable (1776-1837)
View over London from Hampstead Heath, 1830
Watercolour over pencil
Private collection at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk

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A selection of John Constable’s art and personal possessions will be on permanent display within a dedicated room at the new National Centre for Gainsborough in Sudbury, opening Spring 2022