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 | Road to the 'The Spaniards', Hampstead

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Road to the 'The Spaniards', Hampstead 2[9]July 1822
oil on paper laid on canvas
30.8 (h) x 51.1 (w) cm
John G. Johnson collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, bequeathed in 1917
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In this cabinet picture Constable depicted a sky full of large cumulus clouds, suggesting forthcoming rain. This matches the weather records for the London area on that day, which make mention of thunder (Thornes 1999, p. 254). Constable integrated the sky and the earth, showing the cloud formation mirroring the ground, the lighter and more agitated to the left and the darker and more solid to the right. Amongst the clump of trees to the left he included a large house then occupied by Anthony Spedding, a solicitor and a partner of Charles Bicknell, Constable’s father-in-law (Liverpool and Edinburgh 2000, p. 78).  ‘The Spaniards’ was an inn that lay further down this road from Hampstead to Highgate.

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