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 | Hampstead Heath, sun setting over Harrow

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Hampstead Heath, sun setting over Harrow 12 September 1821
oil on paper laid on board
24.7 (h) x 30.5 (w) cm
private collection
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Constable painted this scene at sunset looking west over Branch Hill Pond, gleaming in the right foreground, towards Harrow in the distance. There is fair agreement between Constable’s inscription and the weather records for the London area on that day. By noting the ‘very heavy rain’ that preceded this sketch and the rain and high wind on the following day Constable showed his interest in the development of weather (Thornes 1999, p. 227). 

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