John Constable A Windmill near Brighton 1824

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John Constable 1776–1837
A Windmill near Brighton
Date 1824
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 203 x 251 mm
frame: 400 x 500 x 80 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Not on display

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Most of the oil sketches and drawings Constable produced during his visits to Brighton were made on the beach. From here he portrayed the sea and storm-filled skies, colliers and other boats, and also the chain pier and the buildings of the still developing summer resort. Constable also painted on the downs above Brighton, sometimes employing a windmill as his focal point. This work was painted on 27 July 1824 on one of Constable’s first visits to Brighton. It was inscribed on the back with the date and a brief note of the weather: ‘very fine morning after rain.’

May 2007

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