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 | Hove beach, with fishing boats

Great Britain 1776 – 1837
Hove beach, with fishing boats c.1824
oil on paper laid on canvas
29.8 (h) x 49.2 (w) cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, gift of Isabel Constable in 1888
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While staying at Brighton Constable made a number of excursions along the coast, to places such as nearby Hove. Hove was less populated than Brighton, without the bustle of tourists, and gave Constable  the opportunity to concentrate on the beach, sea and sky. In this painting, and Hove Beachc.1824  , Constable handled his paint expressively and used the figures on the beach, the buildings and boats to provide a contrast to the natural elements. There are numerous pentimenti, which indicate that Constable altered the position of the boats on the skyline.

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