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
Ramsay Reinagle | John Constable

Reinagle, Ramsay
1775 – 1862
John Constable c.1799
oil on canvas
76.2 (h) x 63.8 (w) cm
National Portrait Gallery, London, gift of the National Art Collections Fund in 1917
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This portrait commemorates Constable’s friendship with Ramsay Richard Reinagle when they were students together at the Royal Academy,  and Reinagle’s stay with Constable and his family at East Bergholt during the summer of 1799. It shows Constable very much as his first biographer, C.R. Leslie, described him, ‘the tall and well formed handsome miller, with a fresh complexion and fine dark eyes’ (Leslie (1843/45) 1951, p. 4).

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