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Cloud Study


John Constable (1776 - 1837)

Height: 30.5 cm ( paper ); Width: 49 cm ( paper ); Depth: 7.7 cm ( frame ); Height: 45.2 cm ( frame ); Width: 64 cm ( frame );


Inscription, inscribed, on verso, dated:
Sepr.21.1822. Looking South, brisk wind to east, warm and fresh. 3 o’cl. afternoon

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Constable undertook several campaigns of painting clouds from Hampstead Heath over the summers and autumns of 1820-23, usually noting the date, time and weather conditions. This study, painted on a windy day, presented particular challenges: although he worked quickly, in thin, fluid paint, the artist was unable to finish the middle bank of cloud, which remains blue. Although Constable’s

interest in clouds was surely fuelled by contemporary meteorological studies, it was not purely scientific; he regarded the sky as ‘the chief “Organ of Sentiment”’ in landscape. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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