Mar 7, 2006

Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead

Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead


John Constable

(British, 1776-1837)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 89 x 105.5 x 11.5 cm (35 1/16 x 41 9/16 x 4 1/2 in.); Unframed: 60.6 x 78.1 cm (23 7/8 x 30 3/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.48

Did you know?

In 1820, Constable found a retreat in Hampstead where he completed 100 studies of cloud formations, referring to the process as "skying."


An amateur meteorologist, John Constable was most at home painting meticulously observed cloud formations, weather conditions, and natural light effects. He believed an accurate rendering of these constantly shifting elements could convey his vision of the vitality and magnificence of the English countryside. Working from the summerhouse he rented at Hampstead from 1819–26, Constable painted a landscape focusing more on the dark rain clouds than on the laborers in the foreground, keeping the details of their backbreaking work at a picturesque distance.


Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead
Rural Landscapes
The Artist, John Constable
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