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
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