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 | Landscape study: Scene in a park

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Landscape study: Scene in a park c.1823
oil on paper laid on canvas
24.0 (h) x 26.0 (w) cm
Royal Academy of Arts, London, gift of Isabel Constable in 1888
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Constable focused on the trees and sky to evoke the atmosphere of the park, rather than on the actions and expressions of the figures, which he only sketched in broadly to add accents of colour. Although this oil sketch has been described as a Hampstead scene, Reynolds suggests that Constable is more likely to have painted it at Green Park, looking towards Apsley House. However it might well depict St James’s Park, looking towards Whitehall. If so, it is one of the few park scenes that Constable painted in London. Reynolds dates this work to 1823 on the basis of the handling of paint.

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