Jan 11, 2007

Hampstead Heath, Looking Toward Harrow

Hampstead Heath, Looking Toward Harrow

c. 1821

John Constable

(British, 1776–1837)

Oil on paper, mounted on canvas

Framed: 39 x 44.5 x 5 cm (15 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 25.9 x 31.3 cm (10 3/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1027


Constable was interested in the changing light effects of weather and often worked outdoors, making swift oil sketches on paper. He focused on painting the countryside of his native England, which he never left. He wrote to a fellow artist that he would “rather be a poor man [in England] than a rich man abroad.”

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