John Constable 3. A Varied Landscape on One Side, and a Flat Country or Water on the Other c.1823

Artwork details

Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
3. A Varied Landscape on One Side, and a Flat Country or Water on the Other
Date c.1823
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 113 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08097
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In late 1823 Constable went to stay with his patron Sir George Beaumont at Coleorton Hall in Leicestershire. Beaumont was an important connoisseur, collector and amateur artist, and had been taught drawing by Alexander Cozens when a pupil at Eton College. He seems to have owned impressions of the etchings depicting the sixteen landscape 'compositions' which Cozens had been planning for an unfinished treatise called the 'Various Species of Composition of Landscape, in Nature', c.1770 (see no.17). Constable made copies of all sixteen compositions, fifteen of which are in this album. He also knew of Cozens's 'blot' technique, making some especially expressive blot drawings himself in the 1830s.

September 2004