The oil sketches of John Constable (1776-1837) vividly express his aspiration to 'give... a lasting and sober existence' to 'one brief moment caught from fleeting time'. Thanks to a major gift of Constable's work by his daughter Isabel in 1888, and generous gifts from other donors, the V&A has an unrivalled collection of the artist's work. This display of 49 oil sketches traces the development of his style from early studies of the 'Constable Country' of Suffolk and Essex to his atmospheric views of Hampstead, Brighton and Salisbury.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
17 Dec 2012 - 22 Sep 2013 Mon - Thu, Sat, Sun 10:00 AM - 5:45 PM; Fri 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day
Venue Details & Map
South KensingtonLondonSW7 2RL
- +44 (0)20 7942 2000
- Public transport:
- Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.