DETAIL: John CONSTABLE,  Great Britain 1776 � 1837  'Harwich Lighthouse' c.1820 oil on canvas Tate, London, gift of Maria Louisa Constable, Isabel Constable and Lionel Bicknell Constable in 1888 Tate, London 2005
John CONSTABLE | Brighton Beach

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Brighton Beach c.1824
oil on paper laid on canvas
23.8 (h) x 29.3 (w) cm
Dunedin Art Gallery, bequeathed by P.L. Halsted in 1943
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In this ‘impressionistic’ oil sketch Constable depicted sombre, grey summer clouds charged with rain, creating a contrast with the reflections of light on the sea. In depicting the overcast sky and a sense of failing light he expressed his interest in the changeability of nature. His inclusion of the two people walking along the beach with backs bent suggests a strong oncoming breeze.

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