John Constable Beaching a Boat, Brighton 1824

Artwork details

Artist
John Constable 1776–1837
Title
Beaching a Boat, Brighton
Date 1824
Medium Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 248 x 294 mm
frame: 342 x 388 x 53 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs P.M. Rainsford 1986
Reference
T04135
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Constable made this sketch on one of his first visits to Brighton in 1824. Later he used it when painting the large Chain Pier, Brighton which hangs to the right.

In the final picture a different boat is shown further offshore but the same watching figure reappears on the beach. At Brighton Constable was quick to respond to the beached fishing boats or vessels close to the shore, using their vertical accents as a counterfoil to the horizontals of the sea and beach.

September 2004

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